Being a mom is definitely not easy. It doesn’t matter if you’re a working mom or a stay-at-home mom, as the challenges remain the same. So what do moms do when they get stressed out? Well, this particular lady has devised a brilliant way—she simply “runs away” from home, for only a few minutes of course!
Jill Elliott Vardaman, a stay-at-home mother, shared a video on Facebook that has struck a chord with moms across the world. In the video, she whispered with a smile on her face, “I am at Walgreens. That means I have run away from home.”
For Jill and her husband, the word “Walgreens” has become a code for a bad day. In her viral “run-away” video, she said her husband would call her while coming back home from work and ask if she needed him to pick anything up. But she would say, “No, I need to go to Walgreens.”
Then she goes on to explain the reason why she needs to visit Walgreens and why it’s so “urgent.”
“I need to count toothpaste, I need to read every greeting card, I basically need to run away from home,” she said in the video. “I always promise to come back. It just means it’s been rough and I need to get away.”
“So for the last nine-plus years, that has been code in our house for if I’ve had a bad day. So if I say, ‘Yeah, it’s been a bad day,’ he’ll say, ‘Is it a Walgreens day?’”
Well, this super mom doesn’t just run away “unplanned,” but instead, she has a good time limit for all her well-deserved breaks. Jill has a rule for her kids—their time-outs last a minute for every year of their age.
In the video, she explained she is 40-plus years old, so she gets 40-plus minutes of time-outs, before she needs to go back home.
Her shopping basket actually contained only a few items and she explained what she bought is in line with Walgreens’s slogan: “On the corner of happy and healthy.” She picked cough drops for being healthy and chocolate for being happy.
“It is not just my physical health but it’s my emotional health—not just for me but for kids, if I leave, even though I do come back—it is good for all of us,” she said.
Her video became an instant hit on social media and has been viewed over 200,000 times.
“My Walgreens run was recorded simply to amuse my close friends. Apparently is [sic] has resonated with moms everywhere,” she wrote. “I have heard from women in almost all 50 states, Canada, the UK, Phillipines [sic], Australia, and Puerto Rico. How humbling!”
“To every parent in the trenches—changing diapers, navigating school, handing over car keys, or preparing for college—you are my heroes. I’m continually in awe by your bravery and grace. Please know there is a mom cheering you on, in the world of social media….and in aisle 24,” she wrote on her Facebook post.
Watch the video below:
Walgreens’s marketing team even reached out to Vardaman and said that they loved her video. They sent her a package with a kind note, and she posted a second video of the unboxing.