Cassie Langan recently went viral on Facebook because, when her children decided they didn't want to go on a day trip, she and her husband decided to take their modem instead. Yes, that little black box that allows you to have internet. They took the modem out for the day and did a whole photo shoot with the modem while their cranky kids sat at home, internetless. And that is why Cassie and Chris Langan are my new heroes.
"We asked our kids if they would like to go on a day trip to Warrnambool," the Australian resident wrote. But the parents were "met with the response, 'That's so boring. I don't want to go.' Chris and I decided that instead of taking three unappreciative kids out, we let the ones who didn't want to go stay home and took our most over-worked family member for a well-deserved day out...our modem."
"Modem had a fantastic day not being used by the kids and it was lovely not to listen to constant bickering," Cassie's post continued. "The only complaining was Evan [the one kid who went on the trip] being mortified that we took our modem out in public."
This is just brilliant. The kids weren't forced to come on the trip, but they couldn't stay home and get lost in their phones all day. In an interview with Bored Panda, Cassie explained that everyone in her family works at different times, so it's rare that they all have a whole day off. Since this day popped up, Cassie and Chris thought they would go on a day trip to Warrnambool to see the model train show since Chris and her sons are fans of model trains.
The prospect of this trip, however, did not excite their kids. Cassie told Bored Panda, "Our 17-year-old daughter refused to go and our 10-year-old son had a tantrum listing all the reasons why it was unfair that we were making him go."
Their 13-year-old son "reluctantly agreed to go," so the three of them and the modem got in the car and drove. "In the end we said to the kids that if they weren't going to go, we'd take the modem instead, and they said OK," Cassie said.
So what happened at home while they were out having the time of their lives with their modem? Cassie said it was kind of crazy, actually. "When we got home, our 17-year-old was so bored she actually cleaned her room and spend time with her younger brother." Hallelujah!
What started as an exercise in frustration ended up being an actual good thing for everyone involved. The two kids who stayed home remembered what it's like to not be on the internet all the time. And Cassie and Chris got the best pictures ever and a viral post out of it. We're talking 159,000 reactions, 37,000 comments, and 67,000 shares viral.
One member of the family wasn't so crazy about the attention the modem got that day. When Cassie showed her 10-year-old the photos, he said that it wasn't fair, that they "hate him and love the modem more," and then he "stormed off to his room." Poor kid. Should have gone on the trip with his family, I guess.
Cassie said, "The reason I made the post public is that there is so much on social media at the moment about politics, bushfires, drought, and people having a hard time in general that I thought if my post brightened one person's day, it would be worth it." It was definitely worth it, Cassie. Definitely worth it.