Day Six (sorta): To Make A Bed

Long hiatus. Stuck on prompt, then got swamped at work. Then made a long list of excuses. Then started NaNoWriMo. Some more excuses. Loathing over “best” effort for prompt six.

To Raise a Single-parent Son


  1. one loving adult guardian
  2. choose any of the following assorted support cast of characters: grandparent(s), aunts, uncles, neighbors, teachers, cousins, friends, etc.
  3. unconditional love
  4. patience
  5. understanding
  6. copious amounts of forgiveness

Step 1:

Give birth to a beautiful baby boy.

Step 2:

Marinate child in attention from assorted support cast. Add unconditional love, patience, and understanding. Be careful not to oversaturate — taste may turn sour. Continue to baste child as needed throughout preparation.

Step 3:

Gently mold child into desired shape. Let sit —  giving guidance as he expands. Allow for expansion beyond the limits of container. *Take note that despite best efforts, some sons insist on taking their own shape. Extra love and understanding may be necessary.

Step 4:

Apply copious amounts of forgiveness whenever child begins to crumble to preserve his self-integrity. Do not mistake condoning is the same is forgiveness. This is not a substitute!

Step 5:

Cook shaped child in a household of warmth. Turn occasionally to ensure even cooking.

Optional Step (highly recommended):

Add forgiveness of absent parent. The earlier, the better results, though results may vary. Again: Do not mistake condoning for forgiveness. But a heart clogged with hate skews the amounts of above ingredients required.


About PenniCash

A single mother and educator, often tired and on an MMO when able. I think too much, sleep too little, and always hold onto that tomorrow is a fresh day. View all posts by PenniCash

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