Close to nine years ago, my mom shipped me a box of “stuff” that she cleared out of her attic. The box contained my old baby clothes, a few toys, a Timex Sinclair 1000 computer (yes, I know), and a few other odds and ends. My first thought was, “Why is she sending me this junk?” Irritated, I packed the box back up and put it in the storage space – for some reason I didn’t have the heart to throw the things out.
By now you’ve all heard the story about New Jersey teen, Rachel Canning. Miss Canning is attempting to sue her parents for financial support, among other things, after moving out of their home because she didn’t want to abide by their rules. There has been a lot of commentary about the situation, with many folks recalling their own childhood and how their parents would have handed their butts to them if they had tried to pull such a stunt. (more…)