When my kids were young and I was stuck home all day doing laundry, putting toys away, and cleaning bottles in a seemingly endless cycle, I used to fantasize—not about winning the lottery or scoring some fancy two-week vacay—but about somehow getting back to my pre-kid life.
Time and again in those pre-Facebook days, I'd pull down my dusty old photo albums and wistfully leaf through page after page, image after image, of my husband and I laughing, smiling, and basically looking like we didn't have a single care in the world. Because, well, we didn't.
But then sh*t got real. And just a few years and two kids later, we suddenly found ourselves relegated to the New Parents Zone, sentenced to a life of sippy cups, sweatpants, and zero sleep.
How did we get here, we wondered. And would we ever be able to go back?
Hey, a girl can dream, can't she?
And those dreams are perfectly captured by vlogger Danielle Murray in her totally on-point parody video of Taylor Swift's hit song "Wildest Dreams" that I may or may not have already watched six times.
Called "A Mom Can Dream," the video opens with Danielle running around doing standard-issue mom things: bathtime, bedtime, cleaning up spills, and trying to corrall her four kids into their seats before they kill themselves—or her.
Sample lyric: "I got an hour of sleep. Still wearing my PJ's. Can't eat till I feed this babe. Chapped lips and sticky cheeks. Piles of laundry again. Life with kids is hard but a mom can dream."
And dream she does. Because when the tired mama finally collapses into bed, she starts fantasizing about what it would feel like to wear makeup and a nice dress, stay out past sunset, and drive around in a convertible with the top down as her hair blows wildly about her face.
You know, basically feel 18 again.
Murray told Today that the parody came from the humor she found in the contrast between her dream world and her real life living with four daughters.
"Laughter helps everything," she explained. "It can be overwhelming parenting young children...putting their needs first and remembering to be patient when they make mistakes or when you can't make it out of the door on time to save your life. Being able to laugh about those challenges helps to embrace them instead of building resentment or becoming frustrated."
Yeah...what she said. Don't stop dreaming, mamas!