Nikki Pennington posted a photo on her Facebook page about her messy car and for a second I thought it was mine. Every day I climb into my car and simultaneously knock over quinoa bowls and Whole Foods shopping bags and have to dig seaweed chips from the cup holder. Actually, I’m totally kidding. It’s McDonald’s bags and Burger King fries with a Dunkin Donuts cup thrown in for good measure.
When Nikki posted this photo on Facebook she had over 6,000 likes on Facebook and 800 plus comments from other self-proclaimed “hot mess” mothers who praised her for honesty.
But what is it about a picture of another mom with the overflowing minivan that is resonating so deeply with other hot mess moms?
Posts like this from Nikki and others give permission to those moms like me who are just treading water and trying to step out of the shadows and with our chipped nails to raise a trembling hand and say “Here. Here I am world.”