The old adage of a picture being worth a thousand words has never been portrayed so simply as in this photo of a fogged-up shower door.
It’s nothing too unique. Just steam on a panel of glass and an area that has clearly been wiped away. But the story behind the photograph has recently made the rounds on social media, making people take a deeper look at it and their own situations as well.
Father Zack Williams, aka The Tattooed Sales Guy on Facebook, recently posted the picture along with his “aha moment” that has resonated with so many parents around the world.
Zack works hard. Like many households in America, Zack and his wife Heather, along with their baby girl Lottie, live on a single income. It means Zack often spends 10-12 hours a day earning a living to provide for his growing brood. So when he comes home at night, his wife should obviously cater to his every whim. After all, she’s just a stay-at-home mom. It’s not as if she has had the same exhausting day as he has just endured.
Ok, ok. We know that’s not the case, and so does Zack, so save your comments until the end. But as a sole financial provider, it’s easy to become blind to all that your partner does to keep your family functioning on a daily basis. Fortunately, there are reminders everywhere if you’re smart enough to notice them.
Back to that shower door, and the post that has since been shared tens of thousands of times. A simple reminder and a message of gratitude. The Facebook Page “His View From Home” sharing the complete text.
The fogged up glass was a reminder that his wife, despite being home all day, was never really alone. Even something as simple as taking a shower required her to clear the glass so she could entertain their young infant while just trying to get clean from the previous day’s activities. A moment most of us can often take for granted, displayed clearly… on fogged up glass. It was something Zack recognized immediately and it moved him to share it with the world.
“My wife doesn’t get to clock out, my wife doesn’t get the satisfaction of seeing a check deposited in the bank in return for her hard work, my wife doesn’t get to eat lunch with coworkers, my wife doesn’t get to just walk outside and just take a deep breath.”
He goes on to recognize Heather and all the caregivers who sacrifice life’s small freedoms to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their kids.
“This may be just a fogged-up piece of glass to some, but to me it means so much more. It’s the little things like this that don’t go unnoticed. it’s the little things like this that constantly remind me how badass she is. it’s the little things like this that make me fall in love with her all over again, Heather Williams! Thank you for being the amazing woman you are… it doesn’t go unnoticed!”
So here’s a reminder to all the dads who tend to slip, or forget how much it takes to raise a child while still basically raising a husband: Take notice. To the moms and partners who often sacrifice their sanity, we see you. Maybe not as often as we should, but we see you and appreciate you more than we’ll ever show. But hell, you already knew that because you are also very smart and understanding and ok now I’m just trying to dig myself out here.
Thank you to Zack and to all the other dads who remind us to step up. Thank you to the moms and dads and caregivers who give of themselves each and every day.
A reminder to give thanks. There should really be a holiday centered around that… maybe with food involved? Stay tuned.