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
- one loving adult guardian
- choose any of the following assorted support cast of characters: grandparent(s), aunts, uncles, neighbors, teachers, cousins, friends, etc.
- unconditional love
- copious amounts of forgiveness
Give birth to a beautiful baby boy.
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.
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.
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!
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.