There’s an old saying about the relationship between parents and their children, particularly between mother and child. It’s “cut the apron strings,” a metaphor that suggests that an individual is over-dependent on their mother to the point that she controls, influences, or monitors them. Someone who has never “cut the apron strings” can’t make decisions, take action or form opinions without first looking to their mother for direction or approval. By most standards, it’s an unhealthy relationship and it’s advisable for the mother to let go and the child to seek independence.
I know all that, but I have yet to cut the apron strings with my mother.
Read more in my latest post for National Catholic Register.