Mum deals with empty nest syndrome by knitting a child
A Dutch mum is so upset that her son is growing up that she decided to come up with a very unique cure for her empty nest syndrome.
Marieke Voorsluijs from the Netherlands has been trying hard to adjust to the fact that her son is growing up and no longer wants to cuddle or spend as much time with her. So what does she do?
She decides to knit herself a new son.
Yes, you read that correctly. Voorsluijs, who is a textiles designer, spent months creating a life-size replica of her son — and she's pretty pleased with the way it turned out.
"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!" she told Bored Panda.
The end result is a "son" who has been made out of wool and includes features like "a knitted head with cap, hands with nails and watch, knitted trousers, a knitted sweater with an obstinate slogan, knitters (sic) sneakers and knitted ipod." Which Voorsluijs reveals she and her son "had great fun making."
Behold her creation.
Like every teenager, he loves junk food.
But the knitted son also expresses an interest in skateboarding.
Although what he is doing here looks rather suspicious.
Voorsluijs revealed that the knitted son is "a tribute to puberty and my sons." Adding, "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."