I feel very sorry for her sons life partner/girlfriend/wife.....
There will never be a girlfriend, because there is no way, Mommy Dearest, would ever let her son date a girl. None will be good enough, and will take time away from her.
Bolded. I have a co-worker whose grown son when to a fairly expensive For Profit school out of state. She and her husband paid tuition, car insurance and paid for the apartment (including switching to a different apartment because he told her that he HAD to have a washer and dryer in it because Sonnyboy didn't want to use a laundrymat or shared laundry room)
She called him every morning when she came into work so he would be up for his first class.
She took time off from work to fly down there for a couple of days to talk with the dean because while Sonnyboy knew that certain classes needed to be taken before his last year to graduate, he didn't remember to do take them the first 3 years and he didn't think to work with his adviser before the last semester of what was to be his last year.
After spending BOATLOADS of money on this degree, Sonnyboy moved back home and rather than move to a region that there are more openings for the said degree, he chose to live in his childhood bedroom.
After hearing her complain about how hard it is for Sonnyboy to find a job around here and how he was "networking every night" on his computer. (Right, the description she gave sounded more like he was playing World of Warcraft or some such.) I mentioned that I knew Computer Store was looking for salespeople, if he needed a job and wanted some additional connections. Oh, no. Not retail. HE had a degree to use.
It is now five years later. He is still living at home and is not using his degree (it was tied to computer technology so it probably is out of date since he didn't keep up with changes.) Kicker? He is working part-time at a nearby parts store in their rental section. And she complains that she isn't getting any younger to get grandchildren.