Thursday, August 31, 2006

Cut-out parents

This is unfuckingbelievably insane.

Maine National Guard members in Iraq and Afghanistan are never far from the thoughts of their loved ones.

But now, thanks to a popular family-support program, they're even closer.

Welcome to the "Flat Daddy" and "Flat Mommy" phenomenon, in which life-size cutouts of deployed service members are given by the Maine National Guard to spouses, children, and relatives back home.

The Flat Daddies ride in cars, sit at the dinner table, visit the dentist, and even are brought to confession, according to their significant others on the home front.

"I prop him up in a chair, or sometimes put him on the couch and cover him up with a blanket," said Kay Judkins of Caribou, whose husband, Jim, is a minesweeper mechanic in Afghanistan. "The cat will curl up on the blanket, and it looks kind of weird. I've tricked several people by that. They think he's home again."


Anonymous kylark said...

This is unbelievably fucked up. I can't even pretend to understand the world I live in anymore.

11:12 PM  
Blogger Cybele said...

That was a full minute of laughter. No, a FULL MINUTE. Ooops, there I go again.

7:48 PM  
Anonymous nomo said...

Flat daddy isn't working out for some:

3:20 PM  

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