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A mom goes to a hearing about minimum wage to make a point. I think it worked.

Amanda Monroe testified at a hearing about raising the minimum wage to show why $15 per hour would make all the difference in the lives of her and her son.

"I believe that every person that is willing to work and work hard deserves dignity and respect and the ability to support their own families."

Meet Amanda Monroe, a mom who recently testified at a New York Wage Board hearing. She really lays it out clearly for people to empathize and understand what it must be like. But the last 15 seconds? She reaches my heart, man.


Although Amanda had a career, The Great Recession took its toll.

Amanda started working in billing at a medical center in 1999. She worked her way up in a specialist's office at a rheumatology center and then enrolled in college at Bryant & Stratton four years ago for her medical assistant's degree.

She had her son (the one sleeping in the video above) in 2010 and lost her job about the same time. The economy, still on a slow rebound from The Great Recession, meant plenty of people were looking to fill jobs like the one she lost.

She couldn't find work for the first two years of her son's life.

In fact, the industry had changed: Without a degree, she couldn't even get in the door. Finally, she ran out of unemployment. Upon discovering that she qualified for state-assisted child care, she realized she was in a bad place.

"You have to be so poor to qualify for child care assistance," she quipped. "You have to basically have zero."

As Amanda explains in the video, the current minimum wage doesn't cover the most basic needs.

Amanda finally took a job at Dunkin' Donuts and, eventually, McDonald's. She really wanted to make sure her son to had the best childhood education possible, but it meant that there were extra fees that went to child care costs.

She started paying $15 per week to the child care provider. That cost has gone up; now, she owes $37 every week, which she can't afford. It wasn't long before she owed the child care provider over $100 — three week's fees unpaid.

"I borrow money," she said.

Amanda is forced to rely on food stamps, Medicaid, and subsidized child care, but it's still not enough. She needs $15 an hour so she can take care of her son and make sure he has access to the future he deserves.

There are many more stories like hers out there. This is why the fight for a $15 per hour minimum wage matters.

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1991 blooper clip of Robin Williams and Elmo is a wholesome nugget of comedic genius

Robin Williams is still bringing smiles to faces after all these years.

Robin Williams and Elmo (Kevin Clash) bloopers.

The late Robin Williams could make picking out socks funny, so pairing him with the fuzzy red monster Elmo was bound to be pure wholesome gold. Honestly, how the puppeteer, Kevin Clash, didn’t completely break character and bust out laughing is a miracle. In this short outtake clip, you get to see Williams crack a few jokes in his signature style while Elmo tries desperately to keep it together.

Williams has been a household name since what seems like the beginning of time, and before his death in 2014, he would make frequent appearances on "Sesame Street." The late actor played so many roles that if you were ask 10 different people what their favorite was, you’d likely get 10 different answers. But for the kids who spent their childhoods watching PBS, they got to see him being silly with his favorite monsters and a giant yellow canary. At least I think Big Bird is a canary.

When he stopped by "Sesame Street" for the special “Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake” in 1991, he was there to show Elmo all of the wonderful things you could do with a stick. Williams turns the stick into a hockey stick and a baton before losing his composure and walking off camera. The entire time, Elmo looks enthralled … if puppets can look enthralled. He’s definitely paying attention before slumping over at the realization that Williams goofed a line. But the actor comes back to continue the scene before Elmo slinks down inside his box after getting Williams’ name wrong, which causes his human co-star to take his stick and leave.

The little blooper reel is so cute and pure that it makes you feel good for a few minutes. For an additional boost of serotonin, check out this other (perfectly executed) clip about conflict that Williams did with the two-headed monster. He certainly had a way of engaging his audience, so it makes sense that even after all of these years, he's still greatly missed.

Noe Hernandez and Maria Carrillo, the owners of Noel Barber Shop in Anaheim, California.

Jordyn Poulter was the youngest member of the U.S. women’s volleyball team, which took home the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics last year. She was named the best setter at the Tokyo games and has been a member of the team since 2018.

Unfortunately, according to a report from ABC 7 News, her gold medal was stolen from her car in a parking garage in Anaheim, California, on May 25.

It was taken along with her passport, which she kept in her glove compartment. While storing a gold medal in your car probably isn’t the best idea, she did it to keep it by her side while fulfilling the hectic schedule of an Olympian.

"We live this crazy life of living so many different places. So many of us play overseas, then go home, then come out here and train,” Poulter said, according to ABC 7. "So I keep the medal on me (to show) friends and family I haven't seen in a while, or just people in the community who want to see the medal. Everyone feels connected to it when they meet an Olympian, and it's such a cool thing to share with people."

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Hold on, Frankie! Mama's coming!

How do you explain motherhood in a nutshell? Thanks to Cait Oakley, who stopped a preying bald eagle from capturing her pet goose as she breastfed her daughter, we have it summed up in one gloriously hilarious TikTok.

The now viral video shows the family’s pet goose, Frankie, frantically squawking as it gets dragged off the porch by a bald eagle—likely another mom taking care of her own kiddos.

Wearing nothing but her husband’s boxers while holding on to her newborn, Willow, Oakley dashes out of the house and successfully comes to Frankie's rescue while yelling “hey, hey hey!”

The video’s caption revealed that the Oakleys had already lost three chickens due to hungry birds of prey, so nothing was going to stop “Mama bear” from protecting “sweet Frankie.” Not even a breastfeeding session.

Oakley told TODAY Parents, “It was just a split second reaction ...There was nowhere to put Willow down at that point.” Sometimes being a mom means feeding your child and saving your pet all at the same time.

As for how she feels about running around topless in her underwear on camera, Oakley declared, “I could have been naked and I’m like, ‘whatever, I’m feeding my baby.’”

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