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This Mom Hiding From Her Kids in Her Pantry Is All of Us

A video of this mom-of-four eating candy while locked in her own pantry is the most relatable thing we've seen all week.

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I don't think I've ever admitted this out loud until now, but there was this one time when my daughter was only a year or so old, that I remember hiding in my closet so I could make a phone call in peace. And by "in peace," I mean I was scrunched down in the corner furthest from the door, with tears and dangling clothes covering my face, trying my best to drown out my kid's repeated wails so I could engage in a little much-needed girl talk.

Didn't work. And I only had one toddler in the house. I can't even imagine what it must be like for someone like Ashley Gardner, who's mom to 2-year-old quadruplet girls Indie, Esme, Scarlett, and Evangeline (otherwise known as the "Quad Squad").

Well, actually I can, thanks to the hilarious video called Sums Up Motherhood in 34 Seconds that Gardner recently posted on YouTube. In it, she's hiding in her pantry munching on what looks like Twizzlers as she attempts to score some alone time.

"Dad's out shoveling the driveway and mom desperately needed a treat to get through the rest of the night," she explains. "So I'm hiding in the pantry. Eating a treat. Is that wrong?"

Oh HAIL no! More like right in every single way!

"They don't ever go away," she continues. "They want everything you have."


In order to drive home her point, Gardner's camera then pans down to the crack at the bottom of the closed pantry door to reveal one of her relentless little girlies lying on the floor so she can peer inside at her mama.

"See?" Gardner says. "She's always there."

Then, as if on cue, comes a tiny, adorable voice from the other side: "Hi! Hi!"

And just like that, we now actually want her to open the door. Pretty sneaky, sis.

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and then follow her on Instagram and Twitter.