Watching your kids grow up before your very eyes is bittersweet–it’s the kind of change that can be incredibly difficult to adjust to, especially when these changes result in moody teenagers who no longer want to hang out or seem to need you anymore.
One Dutch mother, however, seems to have found a solution. She knit a life-size version of her preteen son. If that’s not strange enough, her reasoning is definitely a little odd. Even stranger yet, Pee-wee Herman blogged about the story; besides his own media scandal, he has an interesting Jewish background. His own father, Milton Rubenfeld, was a skilled pilot in the Israeli Air Force, according to Jewniverse.
So, whats the textile designer’s reasoning for creating a doll-version of her son? She stated:
“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! We had great fun making it! And during the process I was able to cuddly with him without him even knowing it.”
While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a mom lamenting and mourning the changes that growing up brings for both parent and child, the creation of the doll seems to ignore what these changes actually mean. Or the idea that we should be adapting and embracing change in the best way possible.
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What do you think? Do you think the doll is inappropriate, or no big deal?