If you’ve been a mom for a hot second, you’ve had at least one moment when there’s poop everywhere and for some reason, there’s nary a diaper or a wipe within arms reach. It’s a rite of passage, really.
That said, if this coronation happens to you when you’re in public, it’s less than ideal. And it will probably require at least a couple of drinks to recover.
In recent years, there’s been a focus on moms helping other moms, not judging other moms, and taking the time to give one another a smile in the middle of a toddler tantrum that conveys the sentiment, “I see you, and I’ve been there, and we’re okay.”
Which is exactly the kind of metaphorical smile the “Unprepared Mom” is giving all of us with the emergency bags she’s leaving in public bathrooms. Merissa Shalyer, the mother of a 3-year-old and a 6-month-old, found one of them recently in her local rec center.
Merissa summed up all of our thoughts, saying that “even though there are so many moms around at all times, sometimes motherhood can be such a lonely place. There is so much judgment on how you parent these days, that it has become increasingly difficult to find moms who you can connect with and relate to.”
The note on the outside of the package, which contained diapers and wipes, read:
“I once found myself in this exact same spot with a newborn with a crazy blow-out and NO DIAPERS or WIPES! An unmitigated disaster, that was! Just in case you have found yourself in the same sort of pickle, I brought some wipes and diapers to save the day!
The Unprepared Mom”
Well, Unprepared Mom, I don’t know who you are, but I salute you. We all do.