The Top Ten Things My Kids Would Miss If I Were Abducted By Aliens...
I know my kids would not be so thrilled. They’re not even happy when I decide to go to the convenient store by myself.
Below is a list of at least ten things my kids would miss about me, were I to take that Great Vacation in the Sky, where no mom has (boldly) gone before.
- When they called out: “Mo-ooom,” there would be an echoing silence. Either that, or someone WAY less patient would respond.
- There would be no one on Planet Earth who knew how they REALLY liked their chicken.
- Even though they’ve memorized the Burger King menu, there would be no one to remind them what they really want is chicken strips, as they agonize over the choices.
- Their rooms would become so crowded with dirty glasses, cups, plates and utensils it would look like they were living inside a dishwasher.
- My teenager would be lost without someone to blame for: her angst, the weather, her lack of the very coolest clothes, <insert problem here.>
- My youngest would have no one to talk to for hours about Legendary Pokémon.
- They might not ever change their sheets; I wonder how many crumbs a set of twin sheets can actually hold
- They would have no one to sing the “How Much Do I Love You ” song to them.
- Every family has SO many of what we call “location” jokes (you had to be there.) They’d miss those terribly.
- They might not miss this, but I would: dragging out their baby pictures for all to see how cute they were.
While this is a funny premise There are a too many kids out there who don’t have moms. For anyone looking for a deeper understanding of what it’s like to grow up without one, I heartily recommend Hope Edelman’s wonderful book: Motherless Daughters.
I also recommend the terrific organizations Big Brothers and Big Sisters. They can help fill a void in a child’s life made by an absent parent.
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