On Lying To Your Parents In Your Thirties / by Annabelle QV

Inevitably, when on the phone with my dad- about three fourths into the conversation- I'll get asked if I'm ever moving back to LA. It's a rather sad question because I always say, "Yeah, someday," but the truth is more like, "Not anytime soon." When he asks why I like it here so much, I say things that will please a Mexican father like, "Because work is better," or "There is more opportunity," versus the real reason which is that I like sitting on any given bench and watching people do things at 8:13 am. You can't answer that when your parents ask you why you don't live closer to them, but it's the best reason of all...

... So is "the bagels".  But you can't say that either.