Irish radio presenter Susan Keogh fired back at a hater who told her she shouldn't have both a baby and a full-time job.
Keogh works for Today FM and also happens to be a mom to 4-year-old daughter Faith. "I was trolled earlier this week by a guy who thinks I shouldn't have a baby AND a job," she wrote on Twitter. "Here's what I think."
She then posted the following completely brilliant letter tilted "Dear Brave Man."
(And yes, she totally meant that facetiously.)
Not surprisingly, Keogh's post quickly went viral. It's been retweeted more than 650 times and favorited by 1,400. Most likely because she's pretty much the definition of awesome, and because she makes a ton of good points here that most working moms can relate to.
"I got your message," she begins. "The one where you pointed out that if I missed my 4 year old girl so much while I'm in work, then I should just give up my job. Or quit posting pictures of her, at the very least. How had I not thought of that? So helpful."
Keogh then admits to her hater that she works because—now pay close attention here—she actually likes her job. "It's really important to me," she says. "Not saving lives important, I get that, but it's important to me. It makes me happy & content. And as a result a better Mom."
She also goes on to point out the double standard imposed upon working moms every day: "My husband leaves the house at 5 every morning," she writes. "He misses wake up time every day. Guess how many people point that out to him? You guessed it! None!"
So not surprised.
Finally, Keogh lets the troll in on a little secret: She works to show her daughter that she will one day have the same choice. "I don't have a career to show her she can have one too," she said. "She can do what she pleases. And I guess that's why I do it. I want to show her that she can make choices. I want her to be confident enough to make the right ones for her. I want her to choose happiness."
Preach, Keogh, PREACH!
We may not know your name, Brave Man (AKA Tosser). But dude, you just got schooled.