This collection of all-too-real mom memes hilariously captures the reality of motherhood.

Is there any better fodder for humor than motherhood? Nope.

One of the perks of having kids is getting to join the Mom Solidarity Club, where all we do is laugh maniacally in the face of sleep deprivation, diaper blowouts, and kids building booger forests on their bedroom walls.

Your toddler asked for the blue cup and then cried because you gave him the blue cup? HA!


Your kid can't seem to find the trash can that sits six inches from where they always leave their wrappers on the counter? HAHA!

You got woken up by a hungry baby at 1:00am, by a kid with a nightmare at 2:30am, and then by another kid at 3:45am because they wet the bed? BWAAHAAHA! WAAAAAAAAHHAAAHAAAA!

(There's a fine line between laughing and crying as a mom. You learn to roll with it.)

These mom memes have been shared more than 175,000 times because they are just. too. real.

Emma Bea shared a perfectly curated collection of mom memes on Facebook, and moms are sharing them left and right. There are loads of memes out there, of course, but rarely do we see so many that so perfectly capture the reality of motherhood all in one place.

For example, the universal truth that having kids means you'll won't be able to pee in peace for years.

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Or how you feel—and look—like you've been through battle at the end of a full day of parenting.

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How about when you decide you're a hairdresser because even though you have no hair cutting training, you also have no money?

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Oh, you want to have a lengthy, meaningful phone conversation? Gonna have to wait til graduation, Janice.

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But seriously, who invented onesies for squirrelly toddlers? BEND THE KNEE. No, the ANKLE. No, the OTHER WAY.  GAAHHHH.

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That toddler blue cup thing I mentioned? Oh, it's real.

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Uncanny, right? It's like someone has put a secret camera in our homes and captured all of our daily parenting challenges.

Oh, and there's more.

Awwww, baby fell asleep on your chest? Now you're stuck there for two hours unless you have the smooth dexterity of a bomb technician and the stealth powers of a ninja.

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And after the five dozenth meal our kids refuse to eat, don't we all turn into The Beast?

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They won't eat their food. They never seem to hear you when you call them. But as soon as you start to open a candy wrapper anywhere in the house, they suddenly have bionic hearing and insatiable appetites.

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Me, on the car ride home: "STAY AWAKE, KIDDO! NO, DON'T FALL ASLEEP!!! LA LA LA LA LA!!!" *Rolls down all the car windows.* *Throws things into backseat.* *Squirts kid in face with water bottle.*

Kiddo: ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.

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Sometimes there might be just a teensy bit of petty in our parenting game. It's called karma, kiddo.  

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What? I have no idea what happened to your super annoying, make-me-want-to-poke-my-ears-out toys, darling.

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Let's talk about how things that were so simple before kids suddenly became colossal feats after kids.

Like, say, leaving the house alone. Never underestimate the glorious liberation of a mother going to the store without her children. It's practically a spiritual experience.

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Same goes for the elusive shower where no children come knocking on the door because they want a snack or their brother pushed them or they need to poop.  

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Before you have kids, holding someone's hand was such a basic concept. Like, why is this so hard?

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Or, you know, sleep. One of the most fundamental human needs, which you will never ever take for granted again.

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And for those who suggest that you get more sleep by cosleeping? Yeah. Been there done that.

Wasn't that good fun? Thank goodness for mom humor. On some days, it's the truly only thing that keeps us from losing our everlovin' minds.

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Judy Vaughan has spent most of her life helping other women, first as the director of House of Ruth, a safe haven for homeless families in East Los Angeles, and later as the Project Coordinator for Women for Guatemala, a solidarity organization committed to raising awareness about human rights abuses.

But in 1996, she decided to take things a step further. A house became available in the mid-Wilshire area of Los Angeles and she was offered the opportunity to use it to help other women and children. So, in partnership with a group of 13 people who she knew from her years of activism, she decided to make it a transitional residence program for homeless women and their children. They called the program Alexandria House.

"I had learned from House of Ruth that families who are homeless are often isolated from the surrounding community," Judy says. "So we decided that as part of our mission, we would also be a neighborhood center and offer a number of resources and programs, including an after-school program and ESL classes."

She also decided that, unlike many other shelters in Los Angeles, she would accept mothers with their teenage boys.

"There are very few in Los Angeles [that do] due to what are considered liability issues," Judy explains. "Given the fact that there are (conservatively) 56,000 homeless people and only about 11,000 shelter beds on any one night, agencies can be selective on who they take."

Their Board of Directors had already determined that they should take families that would have difficulties finding a place. Some of these challenges include families with more than two children, immigrant families without legal documents, moms who are pregnant with other small children, families with a member who has a disability [and] families with service dogs.

"Being separated from your son or sons, especially in the early teen years, just adds to the stress that moms who are unhoused are already experiencing," Judy says.

"We were determined to offer women with teenage boys another choice."

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Alexandria House also doesn't kick boys out when they turn 18. For example, Judy says they currently have a mom with two daughters (21 and 2) and a son who just turned 18. The family had struggled to find a shelter that would take them all together, and once they found Alexandria House, they worried the boy would be kicked out on his 18th birthday. But, says Judy, "we were not going to ask him to leave because of his age."

Homelessness is a big issue in Los Angeles. "[It] is considered the homeless capital of the United States," Judy says. "The numbers have not changed significantly since 1984 when I was working at the House of Ruth." The COVID-19 pandemic has only compounded the problem. According to Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), over 66,000 people in the greater Los Angeles area were experiencing homelessness in 2020, representing a rise of 12.7% compared with the year before.

Each woman who comes to Alexandria House has her own unique story, but some common reasons for ending up homeless include fleeing from a domestic violence or human trafficking situation, aging out of foster care and having no place to go, being priced out of an apartment, losing a job, or experiencing a family emergency with no 'cushion' to pay the rent.

"Homelessness is not a definition; it is a situation that a person finds themselves in, and in fact, it can happen to almost anyone. There are many practices and policies that make it almost impossible to break out of poverty and move out of homelessness."

And that's why Alexandria House exists: to help them move out of it. How long that takes depends on the woman, but according to Judy, families stay an average of 10 months. During that time, the women meet with support staff to identify needs and goals and put a plan of action in place.

A number of services are provided, including free childcare, programs and mentoring for school-age children, free mental health counseling, financial literacy classes and a savings program. They have also started Step Up Sisterhood LA, an entrepreneurial program to support women's dreams of starting their own businesses. "We serve as a support system for as long as a family would like," Judy says, even after they have moved on.

And so far, the program is a resounding success.

92 percent of the 200 families who stayed at Alexandria House have found financial stability and permanent housing — not becoming homeless again.

Since founding Alexandria House 25 years ago, Judy has never lost sight of her mission to join with others and create a vision of a more just society and community. That is why she is one of Tory Burch's Empowered Women this year — and the donation she receives as a nominee will go to Alexandria House and will help grow the new Start-up Sisterhood LA program.

"Alexandria House is such an important part of my life," says Judy. "It has been amazing to watch the children grow up and the moms recreate their lives for themselves and for their families. I have witnessed resiliency, courage, and heroic acts of generosity."

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Weronika Jachimowicz, 17, is getting a lot of attention for subverting people's expectations of who excels in high school. And that's exactly what she wants.

Jachimowicz was named New York's Mattituck-Cutchogue Union Free School District's 2021 salutatorian. Her yearbook photo next to valedictorian Luke Altman is going viral because of her dramatic Goth makeup and attire.

It all started when assistant professor and writer Dr. Jules Lipoff tweeted out a photo of the valedictorian and salutatorian he saw in a newspaper and it went viral. How many salutatorians have you seen that wear pentagram hoop earrings, a choker, and black devil horns?

The juxtaposition of her next to the bowtie-wearing Altman, makes the photo even more amusing.

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Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

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When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

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