Smother Mother knits full-size version of her adolescent son to hug
Here’s one for the Other Parents column: “Smother Mother” Marieke Voorsluijs has knitted a life-size version of her son to hug. He has eschewed cuddles. She misses them. So now she hugs his body in dolly form.
My son is reaching puberty. We used to cuddle all the time, but those days are becoming scarce. Now he rather hangs with friends, plays with his phone and listens to his iPod. Exactly according to nature’s plan. I am a good mother, so of course I accept this and I am happy he is a healthy kid.
We laugh a lot about the stretching gap between his needs and mine. Him needing more of his own space and my covert needs to keep on smothering him with maternal love. I am a textiles designer and he often helps me and has great creative ideas. So we started to fantasize how we could visualize this puberty gap. So I suggested to make a cuddly version of him!
Nothing to worry about here, kid. But if you misbehave, watch out for knitting needles. Ouch!