What's A-Parent is a series highlighting those who get real about the hardships that come with raising kids. These often untold stories help show parents they are not alone in their struggle, and are doing an amazing job.
Summer can be a long couple of months for parents, but when the kids go back to school, it can be a moment of joy and relief. It's thrilling for parents to see their little ones head off to class to make friends, learn new skills, and showcase their knowledge.
And it can simply be exciting to see the kids out of the house.
The Ultimate Spoon blogger Meghan Maza Oeser totally gets this. The mom of six posted a hilarious "First day of Freedom" photo on Facebook and wrote a post that summarized her feelings about the start of school.
" 'Knock knock.' 'Who's there?' 'Not my f*cking kids!' Alright ladies and gents …put the knives away. I know … I know. What kind of pure demon a**hole celebrates having to put their tiny human angel faces on a bus? (slowly raises hand) I get it. Some of you work full-time. Some stay home. Some work part-time. Some live in a van down by the river. I'm not here to judge, and neither should you. This is the card I was dealt. A mother f*cking ACE OF SPADES!!! I'm a SAHM. I AM blessed. I wouldn't have it ANY other way, but SH*T…I'm DONE!!! Momma's tired. I love the sh*t out of my kids. I really do, but GOOD GOD…I have 6!!! I'm not saying I don't love staying home, but EFF ME!!! Sometimes I feel I'd give a left nip to be able to head to an office…interact with adult human beings … who typically enjoy other 'adult' conversations. I'm TIRED of f*cking singing 'Let it Go.' I'm tired of looking at their poop because it slightly resembles Sheepy from Doc McStuffins, and wiping sh*tty buttholes. I'm over sippy cups. They all f*cking leak. The 800 outfit changes…UGHHHHHH!!! Braid your hair? WHAT f*cking hair? You don't have any!!! 'Can I have gum? Can I have gum?' 'NOOOOO!!! You can't f*cking chew gum!!! You'll just swallow it! And then you'll sh*t bubbles!' 'Mommy, please?' 'FINE!' There she goes…swallowing the f*cking gum. The older ones don't do sh*t!!! Here's how that goes…'Girls, clean your rooms! Ella, get the kitchen…Bailey…the living room, and Harper…the hallways.' 10 minutes later … 'MOM!!! Can we go to the park?' (Having done nothing) 'Sure.' What in all of sh*t's wizardry just happened? All in all … we're all PARENTS, and we're in this sh*t together. High five that mom that cries her face off when she puts her 5-year-old on a bus. But for f*ck's sake … That momma that's celebrating outside her front door, with mimosas in hand and a giant smile on her face (slowly raises hand)…give that bitch a HUG!"
Oeser's photo was great on its own. It put an adult spin on the classic kid's back-to-school photos, complete with a bottle of Malibu rum. Add in her honest letter about enjoying her freedom again, and it is easy to see why the August 24 post is making parents smile. Since going up on Facebook, it has been shared over 2,300 times.
Oeser has a knack for capturing the different moments of parenthood in a hilarious and frank way. She recently wrote about the tedious routine that her husband would face while she went away for a girls' weekend.