Port St. Lucie, FL—A man has filed a lawsuit against his parents, claiming they should have destroyed his hopes and dreams from childhood as he grew up, like the rest of his friends’ parents did.
“Most of my friends knew by junior high they weren’t going to be cowboys or astronauts,” said Mike Graham, 28. “But not me. I was a sophomore in college before I finally realized I was never going to be a globe-trotting archaeologist or a racecar driver. But by then I had wasted my life believing I could do whatever I wanted to do. Thanks to my ‘nurturing, loving and supportive’ parents.”
Graham insists that had his parents been like all the other parents he knows, he never would have kept dreaming about being rich and famous. Instead, he would have gotten a practical job somewhere, settled down and started a family.
“Most of my friends hate their jobs, but they are also really grounded,” Graham said. “I have one buddy who’s a lawyer, another who’s a teacher, and one who is an insurance adjuster. And all of them had their dreams of awesome lives crushed by their parents before they were teenagers.”
Graham said his parents deliberately withheld from him the truth about the “real world” and how he needed a marketable skill rather than just “wanting something exciting to happen.”
“If they had told me, even once, how the real world was, my life would be totally different right now,” Graham said. He currently is unemployed and never graduated college. “Instead, they kept telling me to dream big and that I could do anything I wanted to in life. Really? How does that nonsense help me now?”
Graham’s parents declined to be interviewed for this story, but they did issue a statement saying they were “proud of Mike, and know he’s going to be great at whatever type of lawsuit he files. We love you, Mike! Mom & Dad.”
Graham said he is filing the suit himself since no lawyer in town will help him with it. “My buddy the lawyer, he can’t do it for me,” Graham said. “He does probate work. His parents got to him real early.”