Imagine a childhood so horrid that, when you reached adulthood, you felt justified in filing a lawsuit against your mother for “bad parenting”. Your childhood must have been pretty bad, right? Maybe she beat you – and not just a spanking for misbehaving, or a smack upside the head for swearing. But really beat you – wire hanger kind of stuff. Or maybe she was out partying all night, making the rounds of the bars and bringing home a string of men – sleeping with different guys every night, and making you wait on them hand and foot.
Or just imagine – and this is probably the most horrible thing of all – she sent you a birthday card with no cash in it!!! The horror!!
Yes. I said that.
There are two “Adult” Children outside Chicago (of course) who recently filed a lawsuit against their mother for “bad parenting”. These Children (because I don’t consider them any form of the word “adult”) were placed in the custody of their father at the time of their parent’s divorce. They were 7 and 4 at the time. They were raised in a $1.5m Barrington home. (Side note: Barrington is one of the shi-shi suburbs of Chicago. You can’t even drive through Barrington unless you own a Lexus. And even then, they give you the hairy eyeball ’cause you’re driving a piece of crap) And, with their father’s help – he happens to be a lawyer – they filed suit against their mother. Among the charges? That she sent her son, Steven Miner II, a birthday card with a row of cartoon tomatoes on the front, one with googly eyes. The inside read, “Son I got you this birthday card because it’s just like you … different from all the rest!” She then signed it, “Have a great day! Love & Hugs, Mom xoxoxo” And at issue isn’t the tacky card, it’s the fact that the card did not contain a check or cash.
The daughter, Kathryn Miner, counts among her childhood horrors the fact that her mother didn’t take her to a car show.
The lawsuit was recently dismissed, thank goodness. But not before their mother had to shell out a bunch of money (I haven’t found the amount yet) to defend herself until the charges were dropped.
This makes me sick. In a world where children really are abused on a daily basis, where children lose good, loving parents every day, these two just shine a glaring light on just how selfish some of them are. That there are actually lawyers in the world who would consider bringing this to court and not laughing long and loud until the children walked out of their office, duly humiliated, just gives credence to the stereotype of the ambulance-chasing, shark/skunk/dirtbag image that follows that profession around.
Those lawyers should be disbarred. And the judge should have turned around and charged the children with idiocy in the first degree. And then sent them to community service somewhere they would have daily contact with children who really are abused.