Saturday, September 30, 2006

When Soldiers Go to War, Flat Daddies Hold Their Place at Home

This is the funniest thing I have read all week, even funnier than the Anna Nicole Smith fallout (1) and (2). The picture says it all. I'm searching for some word that means totally sad and sort of cute at the same time.

Ms. Austin said Ayden, who was 13 months old when she brought Flat Toby home, recognized his father, often taking the image off its usual chair and kissing it. Flat Toby is a real person in their house, she said. “It’s nice to see him each day, just to remember that he’s still with us,” Ms. Austin said.

“It’s one of the best things I’ve done during this deployment. I really think it’s helped us stay connected, to remember that he’s still with us.”

Angela Williams, 27, of Anchorage, got a flat version of her husband, who she married three months before he was deployed to Afghanistan, through the Alaska National Guard.

Her flat husband spends most of his time in their bedroom closet, but she will occasionally take him out to show to friends or to look at herself.