An old woman at the window

Mom, we decided to stay with you

— My daughter and her husband have always lived separately! Wait, how many years have we been together with my father? Since the spring of the eleventh year, seven and a half years!.. Our apartment is small, two-room. We made repairs in it for ourselves — not super cool, of course, but we refreshed the interior. New wallpaper was glued, ceilings were whitewashed, laminate was laid. We put the bed in our bedroom, we’ve been sleeping on the couch all our lives… And then my daughter calls and declares — we, they say, thought about it with Maxim and decided to live with you! you don’t mind, do you?..

***

In the half-empty dazzling white hall of the district polyclinic, two women in their sixties were sitting on a sofa near one of the offices and quietly sharing news.

— Wow! — the interlocutor jumped up. — There was no sadness! Why did they decide to fall on their parents’ heads like that? Then they were directly independent, they ran away from home almost at the age of twenty, then now, you see, «it’s possible to come to you.» What happened?

«Nothing like that happened,» the narrator sighed. — It’s just that they need to solve the housing issue at last! As long as you can already in other people’s corners… now the owner has raised the price for the apartment again, and there’s nothing you can do, if you don’t like it, go away. And it’s not so easy to rent a new apartment, it’s again pay the agent, leave a deposit, move from place to place…

— And they don’t have children yet?

— Well, what kind of children in a rented apartment, Ver… Therefore, my daughter is worried, she is already thirty. They have been talking about mortgages from the very beginning. Even before the wedding, they planned to save the first installment, but where is there… Then one thing, then another. Then the teeth were treated, then my daughter was out of work for six months, through no fault of her own — it just happened. As a result, time goes by, and they are still in the same strange apartment, for which they pay, by the way, a lot of money…

— Rabid — how much is it?

— Well, now they have been raised to thirty, before that it was a little less. In seven years, count how much money they have overpaid into this hole! It would be enough for half an apartment… I, Ver, understand everything with my mind, but I’m so reluctant to move in with young people now, you would know! My husband and I already have our own way of life. I go to bed early, I can’t sleep in the light, and he reads half the night, then watches some programs. How are we going to be in the same room with him? No TV to watch normally, nothing…

— Yes, a problem! And it’s for a long time, isn’t it? Not for one year?

— Of course, not for one. My daughter says, of course, that they will try to save as quickly as possible. To live on her salary, to save it. But in any case, it will take at least three or four years. And how many of them, those years, are left at all…

— Well, tell your daughter frankly that you and your father are against their settling on your heads! Well, what about it? You need to think about yourself. Does my daughter really not understand that there is nothing good to live with adult children in her old age? Quarrel there all…

— My daughter says that she and her husband are almost never at home, they come in the evening, have something to eat and sleep. Maybe in this mode and nothing… Although, too, I’m going to bed at ten now, and they’ll come home from work just at this time, turn on the water, rattle the pots. You won’t relax in your house!

— Can’t matchmakers help them?

— The matchmakers have a three-room apartment, but there is a brother-in-law with his wife and child. Our people are definitely not expected there. My husband says — I’ll probably have to make room… but I just don’t want to, and that’s it! But it’s probably wrong not to let your own daughter in, isn’t it? Moreover, it is registered here, in the apartment, actually…

***

Do you think the daughter is really wrong in this situation? Not just to fall on your parents’ heads yourself, but also to drag your husband! Adults already have to solve their problems themselves, and not cling to the elderly…

Or maybe it’s the parents who are wrong? They pushed out a girl in her twenties with a suitcase instead of a husband, and their head doesn’t hurt! They made a repair for themselves, wow… Frankly speaking, they did not put their child on his feet, let them put it now. They help as much as they can. In addition, the girl is also registered in this apartment…

Whose side are you on? What do you think?

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