I just caught the story of the most recent runaway mom Tiffany Tehan who had apparently left her 1-year-old and husband on Saturday and was found safely, with some dude in Miami Beach.
This is not the first time a mom has runaway, and according to Gail Saltz, a psychiatrist who discussed this on NBC's Today Show this morning, it's a very common fantasy for moms. Combine depression and the stress of parenting and/or marriage and you've got the perfect cocktail I like to call "Get me the fuck out of here NOW."
But in most cases, we take a little sip and realize that it tastes pretty damn bad, or we skip the drink altogether and figure out a way to deal, keeping the escape from the crazy life just a mere fleeting thought that passes through our minds when we've cleaned up both pee and poop off the floor in the same hour, stopped our toddler from reaching into the toilet for the fifth time, and have all but tied our rambunctious son to the corner.
Sure, Tiffany Tehan spent taxpayer money when she just up and left, leaving her car with a slashed tire to make it look like something had happened. And there's a good chance, she'll be living with the guilt of this for a very long time, aside from whatever issues it causes in her marriage and in her relationship with her child.
And she needs help. There's no denying that.
But I have to giggle about how something like this makes a national news story, when there are men and dads who do stuff like this every single day. They pick up and leave their families and never look back. Maybe they give their spouses some warning. Maybe they kiss their kids goodbye. Maybe they don't make it look like they were kidnapped.
But we've got a whole slew of runaway dads in this country and we don't even think twice about it.
And worse, we don't hold them accountable for it.