"You know," said Greg, "it's a peculiar thing. When I was in school, I resented depending on my parents for food and clothing and transportation. I used to hate sitting at home on the couch watching TV because they wouldn't take me wherever I happened to want to go at the time. More than anything else I was eager to be able to make my own way, to have my autonomy -- that would be the greatest thing possible."
"I know exactly what you mean," said Brigid.
"So why is it," he said, voice rising a bit in irritation, "that now I'm an adult, with my own place and my own car and the entire world at my fingertips ... that all I want to do is sit at home on the couch watching TV?"
"Think of it as having been trained for adult life," she replied.