"Flat Daddy" cutouts take place of real National Guard soldiers
We're not sure whether to laugh, cry, or get angry. Maybe all three. The National Guard is providing cardboard “Flat Daddy” cutouts to families of faraway soldiers, as a sort of...replacement for the actual daddy. At the request of relatives, about 200 Flat Daddy and Flat Mommy photos have been enlarged and printed at the state National Guard headquarters in Augusta, Maine. The families cut out the photos, which show the Guard members from the waist up, and glue them to a $2 piece of foam board.
Flat Daddies and Mommies ride in the car, sit at the dinner table...even lie in bed with spouses or children.
As Bob Harris says, "I guess if the families are getting some solace out of it, whatever. But it just seems so damn sad. Things are so bad that people are actually thrilled to have cardboard replicas of their family members."
What's next? Anatomically correct - and functioning - Flat Daddies and Mommies?