Mixing cocktails in a bar wasn’t the sort of job his parents had envisaged for Max. Not after they had invested so much in him. Both of them were enjoying successful and lucrative careers, he a senior executive with big pharma, she a full partner in a top-four business consultancy, and they weren’t quite sure why their seed, the fruit of their loins, their much-loved offspring, with his certificate from Harvard, his polished social skills, and his access to privileges for which most young men would give their eye-teeth, was deviating from the path they had mapped out for him.

Max, on the other hand, was happy.

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24 Responses to Max

  1. Sarah Ann says:

    Ah, parents should remember that they don’t own their children, only borrow them for a while. Love the breathlessness in the way you deliver all the advantages the parents have provided. Good for Max.

  2. elappleby says:

    Oh, it’s tough for parents, isn’t it? If you’re lucky they do as their told for the first few years, after that you just have to cross your fingers and hope they turn out ok! Sounds like Max is finding his own path 🙂

  3. Nice job. Makes the point very well!

  4. ingrate… happiness is fleeting. Money is true power. He should change his name from max to min.
    good story though…
    Randy Rich

  5. Good for Max. One of the hardest things about being a parent is realizing that each child is different and allowing them to do what they enjoy.


  6. Kwadwo says:

    Max sounds like my kind of guy. He’s doing what makes him happy.
    I wish you had gone on to tell us whether his parents were happy with their jobs.
    Go, Max, go!

    • I gave Max a call. His parents ARE happy which is a surprise to me. Apparently they have two other children who have gone down the “professional” road. One is a lawyer, the other a university lecturer. I tried to Max to tell more, but he faded slowly on the page and was, poof, gone.

  7. Sandra says:

    Let’s hear it for Max. A man with the courage to do it his way. Nice one.

  8. nightlake says:

    It is his life and so his happiness that matters the most. A short story to the point. well done

  9. Good for Max. Wow, that third sentence is a mouthful, darling. Both in content and length. Well written.

  10. Personally I think his happiness is a form of rebellion.

  11. Dear Patrick,
    With so few people truly happy in their jobs, Mom and Dad should be happy for Max. Too bad they only see “their plans.” Woe to parents who try to manipulate their children’s lives. Nice writing.

  12. The Real Cie says:

    Reblogged this on The Cheese Whines and commented:
    The most important thing is being happy. I actually liked bartending, but when I worked a casino, it was way too much drama. I’m working as a licensed practical nurse/caregiver now, and I’m extremely burned out on it. However, I don’t know that my sciatica would abide me bartending again. I’m fine with walking a fair bit but standing in one place kills me.

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