Mom knits something a little more cuddly than her teen son
All moms dread that age when our kids decide we’re uncool and go from being our biggest fans to barely putting up with our existence, don’t we? Okay, maybe that’s extreme, but for some of us there comes an age when our kids no longer want to cuddle up on the couch. Those of us smothered by toddlers all day probably can’t even imagine this day coming… but it looms on the horizon for all of us with varying degrees of severity.
One mom who missed her cuddly kid decided to make a stand-in for the teen son who no longer wants to snuggle up on the couch. Marieke Voorsluijs wrote an essay and submitted images of her project to Bored Panda. She knit a full size version of her teen son — with his help.
“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.”
The whole internet seems to be having a laugh at her expense today, but she’s an artist who crafts some incredible things from yarn. This isn’t really a stretch for her. The whole family is creative: her husband is a designer and her kids “always help” with the projects she makes. My toddler looked up while I was writing this and said This is scary. Will you hold me? so I can see why people might think it’s a tad creepy — but this was clearly done to fulfill some creative idea, not because she’s literally trying to replace her son.
Voorsluijs tells Buzzfeed her project took about two months to make and she got a lot of help from her mom and son. She says the project is “more a tribute to puberty and my sons, we do not have real issues with puberty, intimacy or contact. Quite the opposite actually! And during the process I was able to cuddle with him without him even knowing it.”
I can knit one thing: a very unimpressive scarf. This is incredible. She clearly did it in fun and as a tribute the the “cuddly” boy he once was. Back off, internet — unless you can trump this awesome (albeit slightly creepy) craft with something better.