Humans of New York creator Brandon Stanton is famous for telling powerful stories through simple portraits. The subject of Tuesday’s photoblog is stirring up big emotions for many moms and dads.
“As a working parent, I’m always tired. I don’t have time to think. I speed walk wherever I go,” the woman told Stanton. “When I finally get home in the evening, I just want to lie in bed and watch TV. But it’s summer now. So the kids always want to do something.”
The New York-based mother noted that “it’s so tempting to tell them ‘later,’ or ‘next week,’ but she forces herself out of the apartment because life passes “in the blink of an eye.”
“Working, working, working. Never enough hours in the day. Just trying to survive,” she said. “But I was a good mother. I’m proud of that. I always made time and space. Even if I was exhausted. Because I knew the time I was exhausted was the only time I had.”
The comments came pouring in, with many people promising that the sacrifices have a big payoff.
“They will remember, I promise. My oldest is 36 and he remembers and remarks on it all the time how much he appreciates all the little things he took for granted in his childhood. They will remember and it will be the heart of their own parenting,” wrote one person on Instagram.
Added another, “I was a single mom who felt the same way. My daughters are now adults who truly understand and appreciate how hard I worked to make sure they had happy and healthy lives.”
The line “Because I knew the time I was exhausted was the only time I had” was so relatable, it left some in tears.
“Who is this woman!!!??” asked one person. “I would love to send her a gift card to get herself a pedicure or something. WE SEE YOU MOMMA; DO YOUR THING!!”