In our Money Mic series, we hand over the podium to people with controversial views about money. These are their views, not ours, but we welcome your responses. Today, Penny Wrenn shares why, at nearly 40, she still has a hard time talking to her parents about money.
I have this bad habit. Well, it’s not exclusively bad, but if you’re the kind of person who gets annoyed by anyone who chats on a cell phone in public, then you’d likely find my tendency of calling my mother whenever I’m walking home from the subway or to a friend’s house highly irksome.
The fact that I talk to my mother so frequently might make you think that I’m that girl who’s all, “My mom is totally my best friend. Exclamation point. Exclamation point.” But our chats aren’t unvarnished gabfests, with me divulging all of my secrets.
For example, just yesterday the first part of our conversation went like this:
Me: “Hey, Mommy. Whatcha doin’?”
Mommy: “Driving. What are you doing?”
Me: “Walking to my apartment.”
Now, let me say something about this exchange: I kinda lied. Although it’s true that I was on my way home, I was only stopping by my apartment to check the mail before heading to housing court—a detail that I’d conveniently left out of my reply.
You see, not only am I a grown woman who still refers to her mother as Mommy, but I’m also a grown woman who goes to great lengths to conceal from her parents just how much of a financial mess she is.