Life imitates The Onion, yet again
Actually, this is more like something from a Todd Solondz movie.
Welcome to the ``Flat Daddy" and ``Flat Mommy" phenomenon, in which life-size cutouts of deployed service members are given by the Maine National Guard to spouses, children, and relatives back home.
The Flat Daddies ride in cars, sit at the dinner table, visit the dentist, and even are brought to confession, according to their significant others on the home front.
It's like the human equivalent of baby birds being fed by a puppet that looks like the mama bird. Only much, much more pathetic.