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Effortless English. Mama’s Boys

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Mama’s Boys text


Sara recently retired from her job of 23 years. Because she retired, Sara has less money than
she used to. She has enough money for herself, but she has a problem.

She has 2 sons. One is 23 and the other is 26. Both sons work. However, they both live at
home with their mom. They eat her food and expect her to cook for them. They also expect
Sara to clean their rooms. The boys never do any chores at all. Also, they don’t pay for food or
anything else. In short, they are mama’s boys.

Sare is sick of the situation. She thinks, «They’re adults. They should be living on their own,
not still living with their mother. I’m going to kick them out.»

During dinner that night, Sara tells the boys, «Its time for you two to take responsibility. You
can’t live with me anymore. I’m not going to cook for you. I’m not going to clean for you. You
need to grow up and get your own apartments!»

The boys are very upset. They complain. They rant and rave— «You’re a terrible mom. How
can you do this. We’re your children. Its not fair.» The boys continue to rant and rave for 57
hours without stopping. But Sara won’t budge.

She tells them, «You have 1 month to find your own apartment. No more whining— just do it.»
Then Sara leaves the room.

The next day, the boys come to the kitchen for breakfast— but there’s no food. Sara refuses to
cook for them. She says, «You have jobs— get your own food and make it yourself. » The boys
can’t believe it!

This happens everyday. The boys gradually lose weight because they won’t cook for
themselves. Finally, on the 28th day, they look for an apartment. They find a 2 bedroom for
$750 a month. They sign a one year lease.

They rush home to tell their mother. They’re very excited because this will be their first
apartment. They tell their mom, «We did it. We found an apartment. We’ll move in

Sara says, «I’m very proud of you. You’re finally becoming independent.»

The next day, the boys move in. They have a big party with their friends. In fact, every night
they have parties at their apartment. They’re very happy because now they have their own
place— and they can have parties all the time!

Sara is happy too, because her boys are finally growing up.

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  • retired: stopped working
  • used to: than (she) did in the past, once did/had
  • mama’s boys: immature adult men, boy/man who is too dependent on his mom (an insult)
  • sick of: tired of, no longer like a situation, annoyed with
  • kick them out: make someone leave, force someone to leave
  • take responsibility: be independent, be responsible
  • to grow up: become mature, become an independent adult
  • rant and rave: to complain & yell a lot
  • won’t budge: will not change (a decision)
  • whining: complaining
  • lease: a contract (for an apartment)
  • move in: to move into a new place, to go to a new home

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