When someone snapped this photo of Molly Lensing and her then two-month-old daughter, at an airport in Colorado back in 2016, the internet immediately started trashing her.
The uploader shared the picture along with an Albert Einstein quote decrying human's increasing dependence on technology:.
"I fear the day that technology will take on our humanity. .. the world will be populated by a generation of idiots"
Admittedly, it's hard to not look at this photo and almost immediately perceive it as something negative. To many, it looks like a mother who is so wrapped up as to what's going on in her phone that she left her child on the floor.
However, there were other users online who were quick to defend Lensing and decry anyone who was "mom-shaming" her, saying that there's more to the photo than meets the eye.
Lensing herself spoke with Today about the viral photo that caused such a stir online and gave her side of the story. It turns out that most people who defended her online were right on the money about one thing: She was exhausted.
"We had the unfortunate luck of being stuck in the middle of the Delta computer shut-down... Anastasia had been held or in her carrier for many hours. My arms were tired. She needed to stretch...and I had to communicate with all the family members wondering where the heck we were."
Lensing, who works part-time as a pediatric nurse, also said that she feared that all of the negative attention the photo was receiving online would affect her employment status. Thankfully, it didn't. As reported over at Today, Lensing even received Facebook messages from people once they identified her by name, calling her a "terrible parent."
Luckily, Lensing continues to have an upbeat attitude regarding the photo, choosing to ignore it and instead focus on raising her three girls.
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."