Have you seen those stick figure decals for cars that represent your family? They're cute. And I hate them. If you have them on your car I hope you are not offended by this.
I have spent quite a lot of time answering the question, "Are we still a family?" No one ever asked me this question. I just asked it myself. Over and over and over again. I know we ARE a family. We are a small, loving, non-traditional family. But I still miss the dream of what I thought my family would be. I thought my family would look like one of those stick figure families on the minivan in front of me: a wife, a husband, two kids and a dog. But as many of us know, life had other plans.
And I am OK with that....except when confronted with one of these annoyingly cute nuclear stick families on the car in front of me. Somehow that stick figure family makes me feel like I am missing out on something. I am proud of my family, but I am not going to put a decal of a mom and one kid on my back window. I don't want to advertise that it's just me and my kiddo. It just doesn't feel right to me. It feels like it's nobody's business what my family "looks" like in stick figure form. In fact I do not want everyone who sees my car to know I am a single mom. I don't like the safety implications or the assumptions that might be made.
But they are cute.