For one stay-at-home mom, it had been the day from hell. In fact, she just couldn’t seem to keep her kids happy without them creating chaos. And so when her husband asked about her day, all she remembered were the bad things. Her daughter, however, saw the situation a little differently.
Being a parent can be hard. An average day, for example, can mean being woken up to the sound of a screaming child. And that was the case for this mother, who had started her morning by hearing her young daughter shouting out, “Mom, there’s a monster in my room.”
After attending to her daughter’s needs, then, she took her downstairs to play quietly with her little sister. But any “me time” that mom might have eked out for herself was short; the scene soon descended into chaos as a fight broke out over a building block. And as a result, their mother had to drop what she was doing and intervene.
Next up, the busy mom had to do the grocery shop. So, she piled her kids – one shrieking and one sleeping – into their respective car seats and ferried them off to the store. But the hard part was just beginning as, once there, the neat rows of produce proved too much of a temptation for the tots. Indeed, one little troublemaker proceeded to steal an apple before knocking over a toilet roll display.
Finally, however, the mom managed to escape the store without having to answer to security, and the threesome returned home to continue the fun. But back at home, mom didn’t get a rest, as a diaper needed changing. What’s more, her eldest child had dropped a birthday cake on the floor, creating a sticky mess.
And so by the time her husband returned from work and asked how her day had been, she really didn’t have the words to sum the chaos up. “It was just a normal day,” she replied meekly. However, when asked the same question, her daughter saw things differently.
In the viral video, her eldest girl excitedly recounts her day to her dad as he puts her down for the night. She recalls how her mom had protected her from the monster in her room, for example. And she also admits how much she loves her little sister – even when they are fighting.
Then the little girl goes on to tell her dad how her mom had showered them with kisses, made them laugh all day and even whizzed them around in her shopping cart. “But the best part of the day,” she adds, “[was when] me and mommy had a food fight. And it was the best day ever.”
At this point, the girl’s weary mom puts her head around the bedroom door. Hearing her baby’s rather different recollection of events, she is reduced to tears. Then, on the video, up pops the tagline, “Because your normal might be their magic.”
The beautiful production was posted to YouTube in May 2017. Specifically, its creators hoped that it would be an inspirational tribute to all moms on Mother’s Day, as perhaps by looking at things through their children’s eyes, they could see what a great job they’re doing.
Esther Anderson was the brains behind the heartwarming video and also stars as the mom in the clip alongside her family. Anderson lives in Rochester, New York, with her husband and two girls, Ellia and Tessa.
And just like the footage depicts, Anderson is a full-time mom who looks after her two girls while her husband works in construction. But as all mothers know, Anderson doesn’t often get to put her feet up even if she is at home. Usually, in fact, her daughters create plenty of mischief to keep her occupied throughout the day.
Aside from looking after her daughters, Anderson also runs a blog and a YouTube channel called Story of This Life. And on these platforms, the mom documents the everyday highs and lows of being a parent.
“One of our favorite things to do [is make] fun videos that capture the reality of what life is really like,” Anderson explains on her website. “We don’t like to sugarcoat and we’re not afraid to show you how it is. Plus, we have a blast making them.”
And so you could say that Anderson’s reflection of parenthood is a rather more realistic one; rather than portraying herself as the perfect mom, she shows other parents that it’s okay to make mistakes. That refreshing outlook has made her immensely popular, moreover.
On YouTube, for instance, more than 100,000 people subscribe to Anderson’s channel. What’s more, collectively her videos have attracted over 67 million views; her Mother’s Day message alone has clocked up nearly five million of those.
And it’s safe to say that the production certainly touched a nerve with fellow moms. “Just made me cry,” one YouTuber commented. “I am camping with my kids this weekend and I am exhausted, but they are having so much fun it is worth it.”
“I’ve been a mom for 22 years,” another fan wrote on Facebook. “Honestly, I’ve never really given notice to the perspective that my kids probably saw some things! This is by far my most FAVORITE video you’ve ever posted! Thank you for this.”
And the eye-opening footage also resonated with fathers, too. Beneath the YouTube video, for example, one added, “I’m a dad and this has me in tears! [I’m a] father of two, third on the way, this hit home!”
But while Anderson was applauded for her Mother’s Day video, she didn’t see her actions as out of the ordinary. “This is the story of my life,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “And I’m pretty convinced I’m not the only one with a story quite like it.”