There has been the typical "shock and horror" in response to the news from the 2006 Census that reported that 44% of Canadian adults in their 20s still live at home. The Globe's Margaret Wente led the charge with her typical accusation that they are simply lazy ne'er-do-wells, who want nothing more than to extend adolescence into their 30's.
My response on the Globe web site was similar to the September 18, Montreal Gazette editorial and reprinted in today's Star(, so I was happy to see it. When you consider that until a century ago, many families lived in the same home across generations. They had to for economic reasons. The return to this practice should only be a concern in that it means that young adults are no longer earning enough to strike out on their own. Other than that, we should applaud youth for getting the training they need to be successful and productive members of society. Somewhere, I'm sure Herman Hesse is smiling. Maybe the Globe can print this rebuttal to Wente's typically parochial response to issues.