Let’s think back to last week: It’s the week before Thanksgiving, and you’re running around like a crazy person trying to get groceries purchases, the house cleaned, and ALL THE THINGS your kids need for their class parties. Sound familiar? The holidays can be a stressful time that put moms in the hot seat, giving us even MORE to do on top of our normal daily busy mom chores, kid activities and work responsibilities.
Perhaps this is why Indiana mom of three Kara Lewis Newton went crazy viral last week after posting an imperfect mom confession on Facebook. Her perfectly-timed post reached out to ALL the moms like you and me who do our best and still screw up. After realizing she had forgotten to send celery to school with her 6-year-old for a soup-making project, Lewis jumped into action to correct her mistake. But, as we modern moms do, she took a celery selfie to mark the occasion of her fail—and it hit home, HARD, being shared by other moms over 45,000 times. Her post, below, says:
Photo: Kara Lewis Newton/Facebook
Chopped celery. That’s what I’m driving to my son’s school today. Why? Because I don’t look in his folder. I missed that he needed to bring chopped celery to school today, and I have no idea why he needs it, but he does. So I’m driving it to him praying that he gets it on time.
I miss things.
My kids don’t always have clean socks.
We ate at Wendy’s last night.
I forget to RSVP to parties.
We never have cash when we need it.
My kid doesn’t always have his coat.
There might be Halloween candy in their lunches.
I sign without reading sometimes.
And I don’t always check my kids folders.
But…..I love them. And I work dang hard for them. And I’m banking on the fact that 20 years from now, they won’t remember that their mom forgot the chopped celery. I am praying they remember how hard I fought for them everyday to have a good life…one where they know they are fiercely loved no matter what.
Moms responded to Newton’s post with solidarity and thanks. One commenter said: “I’m glad to have seen this! I’ve been so emotional lately and felt like a bad mom for always working and missing things 😞 But I love my baby and I work so hard for her.” Another chimed in, “This makes me feel so much better to know I’m not the only one.”
Another commenter, a man raised by a single mom, validated that Newton’s kids WILL remember how much she cared for them—not that she forgot the celery. He said, “Take it from a guy who [was] there long ago (my single mother raised three boys alone) they will. They look back and see all the hard work and the sacrifices you made for them. And they will love you even more for for knowing what you did for them.”
I am LOVING Newton’s post AND the feedback from all the hard-working, big-loving, celery-forgetting moms out there. You are ALL amazing and you are ROCKING this mom thing. Thanks to Kara for the reminder!