If you’re a parent, I’m betting that there is nothing quite like getting away from your responsibilities for a weekend with your friends. For Meghan Maza Oeser, going away for a relaxing weekend with her friends comes after one very important step: Leaving a note of instructions for her husband on what to expect during his weekend alone with the kids. The note has now been shared over 50,000 times on Facebook alone, suggesting that her message and sentiment are pretty darn easy to relate to.
The thorough note breaks down what the day is likely to look like for her husband, ranging from how to handle breakfast to how to put the kids to bed. It starts with:
I’m writing this to you out of love, not fear. I wanted to go over a few things with you before you embark on this weekend alone…with the others.
And it gets better…
Upon arriving home after work, things won’t seem so bad. The others will hug, jump, and for the most part, be pretty excited to see you. This will be short lived…I promise. School season or not…this is also known as hell hour.
Dinner will suck. Bailey will want pizza, while Harper will ask for hotdogs. Quinn will cry when you say the word hotdog, and will insist on Mac n cheese (but not the orange kind or the white kind, but the purple kind). We’ll be fresh out of the purple kind, so she’ll then ask for toast.
Purple mac ‘n cheese?! We are intruiged!!
And then comes bedtime, which is clearly a bit of a struggle.
Pajamas. FUCK pajamas. Don’t even ATTEMPT anything but a nightgown for Penny. And if you cannot find a nightgown for Penny, keep fucking looking. She’ll ask for her Minnie Mouse nightgown, but once you put it on, she’ll scream in agony because the sleeves are CLEARLY ripping her fucking arms off.
While the daily activities seem pretty realistic, Oaser’s humor is definitely top-notch and her exaggerations and wit will make anyone laugh, parent or not. When she wishes her husband “good luck,” if he wishes to get anything else done, we have to say, it sounds like a sentiment that is well earned. After all, if Oaser deals with so much on her plate every day, who wouldn’t need some alone time to focus on themselves and have some fun?
In our society, it is easy to take mothers for granted and assume that if they take care of the children and household, their jobs are “easy.” As Oaser’s note reminds us, parenting is never easy, regardless of your sex or gender identity.