An old saying refers to a “mama’s boy” as “tied to his mother’s apron strings”.
Well, Hubby wasn’t tied to his mother’s apron strings — he just liked to untie them! (I looked for a picture of his mother in an apron, but I remember that if pictures were going to be taken, she always took it off. So, no picture of that.)
Hubby occasionally liked to tease his mother by walking behind her while she was working in the kitchen in her apron (the bib type that didn’t fall off just because it was untied) and just quickly tugging on one end of her apron strings to make them come untied.
When he would do that, his mother would just feign aggravation and then laugh and re-tie them. No big deal, but a fun shared “tradition” between mother and son.
And when I first saw him teasing her that way when we were dating, I was charmed. It’s interesting to see now that even though I’m sure I didn’t realize why my teen-age self was charmed, I think it was because of what this said about his good relationship with his mother and also that it showed such a fun-loving side of his personality.
There is another old saying, “If you want to know how a man will treat his wife, watch how he treats his mother.” That is certainly true with Hubby. He teases me just like he teased his mother, although seldom in exactly the same way, because I hardly ever wear an apron! But I enjoy him teasing me, just like I know his mother did.