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MOMSVILLE — A trio of moms have created a humorous video to describe the freeing feeling of sending their kids off to their first day of school.
Whether your kids started school in Utah this week or last, the feeling of relief and freedom — for both moms and dads — is probably the same. And the moms of the website What’s Up Moms do an entertaining job of capturing that feeling.
Don’t get me wrong, you spent a great summer chock full of activities with your kids, and you sure do love those kids even when they’re little monsters. So booting kids out the door is not what this video or what the women of What’s Up Moms are all about.
What the video hilariously suggests is with the kids gone, moms finally have the freedom to do what they want. But they’re not lounging by a kid-free pool to quietly catch the last warming rays of summer, they’re not cat-napping for hours undisturbed and they’re certainly not eating bonbons while catching up on their favorite soaps.
What they are doing is running what normally would be mundane errands without the extra planning and energy it takes when their kids come along. They’re making two-minute bathroom breaks instead of 10-minute potty breaks, they’re having adult conversations instead of using up energy explaining to their kids for the umpteenth time that they’re not buying a toy this time, and they’re trying on as many clothes as they want instead of feverishly calculating how many things they can try on before one of their kids has meltdown in Target.
Although this feeling of freedom is surely real, I’m guessing it’s not one long-lasting happiness. I’m sure moms across Utah and the United States run those errands in enough time to greet their kids at the door when they come home, excited to hear all about their first day of school and to tell their little (and big) ones how much they missed them — and mean it.