Thursday, 01 September 2011
A few days ago I was listening to my morning radio show. In one segment the men were sharing a few news stories they found on the Internet. Here is one that nearly had me spitting out my Banana Nesquik.
You can find the original article here, but I can save you a few clicks by giving a summary here.
Two siblings who were raised in a very wealthy neighbourhood, ages 20 and 23, tried to sue their mother for "bad mothering" and "emotional distress". So what was it that this *terrible* mother did to them?
- Didn't send her son care packages at college
- Didn't buy the Homecoming dress her daughter wanted
- No cash or cheques in birthday cards
- Giving her son an "offensive" card because it suggested he was unique and one-of-a-kind
- Called her daughter at midnight one Homecoming, making her come home
- Not spending enough money on toys when they were younger
- Calling the son to make sure he was wearing his seatbelt
They wanted to sue her for $500,000. Their lawyer was their father, who had divorced the mother about 16 years ago. The father argued that his clients weren't out to get money from the mother, but instead make the mother accountable for her bad mothering. Thankfully, the judge had common sense and dismissed the case.
I don't really like to use the f-word in my posts, but I need to use it now.
"Bad mothering" because she tried to teach her children that happiness doesn't necessarily come in every single luxury and item you want mommy to buy for you? Because she cares about your safety? And you think you can SUE her for it? And what the hell is the "emotional distress" these brats endured?
Should I be scared when I eventually have a family of my own? Should I be scared that if I don't give my children every single penny I have that they would sue me because I wasn't "giving them enough" and "being a bad mother"? How am I supposed to raise my children when I could possibly be sued by them?
I got birthday cards from my mother with no money and I didn't care - I more loved the sentiments she wrote in them. I never begged my mother to buy me something out of our means. I never cared how much something cost - in fact, I always tried to be frugal if my mother asked me if I wanted something. I have always been obedient to my mother and father. I follow curfews. Even now, at the age of 22, I still obey any rules my parents have because I live with them - the "my house, my rules" thing kicks into play. Heck, I have never even raised my voice to them or swore in front of them. My parents are WONDERFUL and I can't think of a single thing they did wrong when they raised me and my younger sister.
I am so disgusted with today's society. I just... ugh. It sickens and saddens me when I read articles upon articles of people suing for the stupidest reasons. Another example: I heard a story that a woman was driving a minivan down the wrong way on a freeway in the middle of the night, and she caused a massive accident. She killed a few people. her husband is now suing the Dept of Transport for not having signs on the FUCKING FREEWAY saying "wrong way". And there are dumber stories being created every day.
I'm afraid to live in today's world. I'm scared to find out how messed up society will be when it's time for me to raise my own family. I don't know if I want to live in such a fucked up place anymore. I'm considering moving to an isolated little cottage in the middle of nowhere so I don't have to be surrounded by such a crappy society.
For Fun: What "bad mother" things would your children ever try to sue you for?