(MEDIA GENERAL) – We have dishwashers and robotic vacuums, but one chore that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon is taking out the trash.
One mom who needed her son to do just that decided to get creative to get his attention.
The mom, known to the web as Kerrisimo, posted an image of her full trash can to image sharing/meme supercenter imgur with a message for her 20-year-old son – “D, this is your mom. Please take out the trash!”
Kerrisimo explained to imgur readers, “So my son has been lurking here and constantly has his nose in the phone reading and laughing at stuff here. He doesn’t hear me when I ask him to take the trash out. Help me get this to the front page please so maybe the trash will get taken out soon! Thank you!”
The photo went viral, bumping up to the front page of imgur, and getting D’s attention. The trash can photo currently has more than 70,000 views.
Kerrisimo updated her message after her photo went viral to explain why using imgur to connect with her son is more than just being a funny, creative mother.
“My son is a 20-year-old young man who is on the autism spectrum,” Kerrisimo posted, noting her son is high functioning and holds his high school and a college degree. “He loves being online as most of his peers do. … I may not be the cool mom, but I do listen to him and what is of interest and important to him. Parenting any child you try to find ways to interact with them. Sometimes just reminding (him) doesn’t work. So I thought maybe I could get his attention and interact with him here.”