Sure, summer vacation is fun â€” but letâ€™s look at it from a stay-at-home parentâ€™s point of view, shall we? Mom Karen Johnson provided some insight into what a typical summer afternoon is like for her and her three children, and it resonated with parents from all over the globe.
â€œSo. Howâ€™s everyoneâ€™s summer going? Hereâ€™s an excerpt from mine so far, one that accurately depicts our day to day sh-t show,â€ wrote Karen Johnson on her Facebook pageÂ 21st Century SAHM. Johnson said she was making grilled cheese sandwiches for her kids â€” two boys (ages 8Â and 4) and one girl (age 6) â€” when her sons asked if they could get the mail.
â€œOK, fine. I give them the mail key and out the door they go. How couldÂ this go wrong? Such a simple task.â€
A simple task, perhaps, but Johnson admits that her boys fight all dayÂ â€” pretty much every minute theyâ€™re awake. So as she prepared their grilled cheese sandwiches, her daughter came tearing into the kitchen, yelling,Â â€œTheyâ€™re fighting at the mailbox! And then mail went flying everywhere all over the neighborhood!â€
â€œSo I abandon lunch and sprint outside. I see both boys scrambling around from yard to yard, trying to grab pieces of mail. We live in Kansas where itâ€™s windy 364.5 days of the year, so that helps,â€ JohnsonÂ continued.Â â€œMy 4-year-old is now approaching the corner where our quiet cul-de-sac meets a very busy street, and I know him. Heâ€™ll think nothing of running directly into the street in order to capture that last piece of random junk mail that mommy will be tossing as soon as we get home.â€
She chased after her son while simultaneously screaming his name and picking up mail that blew all over the neighborsâ€™ yards. Thankfully, she caught up with him and prevented him from darting into the busy intersection.
â€œBut because heâ€™s 4, and refuses to walk anywhere ever, and is on an anti-shoes campaign this summer, my son of course runs down the street barefoot and falls. He rips open his foot on a rock or the pavement or whatever is in the road because THIS IS WHY WE WEAR SHOES.â€
At this point, Johnson is half-carrying, half dragging aÂ bloody-footed, crying 4-year-old and a sobbing 8-year-old who thinks heâ€™s in trouble because of â€œmail-mageddon.â€
â€œOnce the papers are tossed and the bloody foot is bandaged, we all smell the sulfur of burning grilled cheese and I remember what I was doing before this all happened,â€ she concluded. â€œSo I did what any good mother would do. I scraped off the burnt parts, threw them on plates, and said bon appetit, kids. And I poured this beer.â€
â€œSo tell me, howâ€™s your summer going?â€
From the description of screaming children to the need to pour a cold glass of beer, Johnsonâ€™s post connectedÂ with many readers.
As one shared, â€œI am laughing because this sounds like my house EVERY day. My 8-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son fight ALL. DAY. LONG. I tell them they would fight over used toilet paper if one of them thought the other one wanted it.â€
Noted another: â€œThis sounds like a day in my life tooâ€¦ minus the daughter. I am so glad I am not alone with two crazy boys who fight over everything and nothing! I am laughing but only because I can so relate!Â #momsclubÂ #teammomâ€
â€œThank God I am not the only one who goes through this mess,â€ yet one more added. â€œI have three boys 7, 6, 5 who like to fight. The thing is, you never which two itâ€™s going to be. Some days itâ€™s the 7 and 6-year-old against theÂ 5-year-old, or visa versa, or any other combination you can think of. There are days I think to myself, â€˜Where did I go wrong? I must be a horrible mom, they just will not chill.â€™ Itâ€™s very reassuring to know I am not alone and my boys seem to be fairly normal.â€
And, finally, this: â€œIâ€™d just like to say that Iâ€™m glad to find another dark beer mom. All due respect to the wine moms of course.â€