If you are someone who is using internet and yes, any social media site, you should have seen this picture with different captions. You might have also formed several opinions looking at this. Only few wondered what has really happened in this situation and majority of us either blamed the lady or the technology. Well, there is indeed a story behind this photo and now we are going to tell you what really happened in this situation.
It has been over a year since photo of Molly Lensing, was taken without her permission and Illinois mom says still this image haunts her.
The photo was taken in Colorado airport in 2016 where Lensing and her youngest daughter Anastasia, then 2 months old, were trying to return home after visiting family. The picture showed Lensing looking at the screen of her phone while little Anastasia rests on a blanket on the airport floor.
When the photo went viral, many criticized her as a woman who is obsessed with her phone and has completely forgotten her kid. Many blamed her in several ways. No one ever wondered about her side of the story and was just thrilled to criticize someone who was out of their knowing. One quote that was attached to the photo was like this:
“Albert Einstein said, ‘I fear the day that technology will take on our humanity…the world will be populated by a generation of idiots”.
So now let’s see the Lensing’s side of the story.
“We had the unfortunate luck of being stuck in the middle of the Delta computer shut-down,” Lensing told TODAY parents. Her flights were delayed and re-booked so many times that she spent more than 20 hours sitting in airports with a two month old. She says, “My baby had been held in her carrier for many hours. My arms were tired. I needed to stretch. I had to communicate with all the family members wondering where the heck we were.”
She safely arrived home after a stressful journey and its only few months after the travel, she noticed her own image in internet with different captions. Once a few viewers identified her, she began receiving messages on Facebook. Some stood up for her but, majority blamed her with lines such as “terrible parent”.
Lensing who worked part time as a paediatric nurse says” I absolutely feel as though my privacy was violated. I had recently started working on a labour floor, and I was terrified of my co-workers or boss seeing the photo and comments and believing that I should no longer work with infants. Thankfully, this never happened.”
Mary Katherine Backstrom, who blogs at Mom Babble , share this image on her Facebook supporting Lensing and all other mothers who have been unfairly judged.
She wrote in her post , “We do not snap photos of exhausted mothers in the airport and shame them publicly. Thus is gross and needs to stop. I’ve been this woman. My flight delayed, running on zero sleep, fearful that my baby might slip straight from my arms and onto the floor if I nodded off.. I wish she knew that there are mamas who understand exhaustion and imperfection and don’t choose to pounce someone in their weakest moment”.
Lensing, who was the one who faced this unfair judgments says most of the times the image does not cross her mind. But when it takes another viral round on internet, she turns her focus to what is important.
“I ignore the photos and the comments and lean on those close to me who know the real me, I am powerless compared to the internet, and I know that I am the best momma to my girls and I know that I cherish them and am raising them the best I can.”
So, try to see the reality before you judge anyone. It can cause much harm to that individual.