No parent is perfect.
Ignore that father who drops his son off at daycare with the perfectly-pressed suit.
Or that mother in heels who kisses her kids goodbye at the bus stop, heads off to work, finds time to go grocery shopping and comes home to make a delicious meal.
We repeat: no parent is perfect. And most aren't even close.
But it can be difficult to admit this, which is why the mother pictured in the above photo has gone viral.
She shared a message this week that owned up to her mistakes and which helped send a message to every other mother and father around the world:
Everyone messes up. Quite often, in fact. But there's really only one thing that matters in the end when it comes to raising children.
"Chopped celery. That's what I'm driving to my son's school today," she wrote as a caption to this featured picture, adding:
"Why? Because I don't look in his folder. I missed that he needed to bring chopped celery to school today, and I have no idea why he needs it, but he does. So I'm driving it to him praying that he gets it on time."
She went on to admit that "I miss things," including a few examples to prove her point:
My kids don't always have clean socks.
We ate at Wendy's last night.
I forget to RSVP to parties.
We never have cash when we need it.
My kid doesn't always have his coat.
There might be Halloween candy in their lunches.
I sign without reading sometimes.
And I don't always check my kids folders.
There was a big and important "BUT" that followed this list, however.
"I love them. And I work dang hard for them," she wrote.
"And I'm banking on the fact that 20 years from now, they won't remember that their mom forgot the chopped celery.
"I am praying they remember how hard I fought for them everyday to have a good life...one where they know they are fiercely loved no matter what."
This post has been shared over 53,000 times and there are nearly 4,000 comments on it.
Most of the comments come from parents who are grateful that someone finally said what they have been thinking for so long.
"This. I needed this one today," wrote one woman. "Yesterday, my son was thankful for a mom who works too hard but who always "shows up". They'll remember your effort.
A couple others added:
Pretty great, right?
We salute this mother and every single mother and father out there.
Parenthood isn't easy. But it's so very worth it, don't you think?