Seventeen-year-old Josh O’Neil woke up the morning of his high school graduation feeling bittersweet. While he was excited to reach such an important milestone in his life, he was also sad knowing that his father—a U.S. Marine stationed in Iraq—wouldn’t be there to witness it. But little did he know that he would soon receive the surprise of a lifetime when he accidentally walked in on his mom showering and saw her naked.
Wow, what an unforgettable moment! He’ll certainly remember this day vividly for years to come.
Although he secretly wished that his father could somehow make it back from deployment and be there for his graduation, Josh knew this was unlikely and had assumed that receiving his diploma would be the only notable event of his day. So you can imagine what an incredible shock it must’ve been for him to walk into the bathroom that morning to put on his graduation gown only to discover his completely nude mother showering, with all her soaking-wet 53-year-old private parts right there on full display. After three years of only seeing one of his parents on grainy, pixelated Skype calls, it’s hard to overstate how special it must’ve been for Josh to suddenly have his other parent right there naked in front of him in picture-perfect clarity, her graying bush of pubic hair so close that he could’ve reached out and touched it.
It was so wonderfully unexpected for Josh to see his drenched, aging mother’s naked body that he didn’t even know how to react at first, shielding his eyes and sprinting out into the hallway screaming, “I’M SO SORRY, OH MY GOD.” While it wasn’t quite the warm and fuzzy reaction we’ve become accustomed to from viral videos featuring kids with military parents, the prolonged silence he shared shortly thereafter with his mom in the car ride to the graduation ceremony said more than any words possibly could, and you could tell that the memory of seeing her C-section scar and droopy labia would be one that would stay with him forever.
Wow, if this story doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, nothing else will. To have a parent deployed overseas in a war zone must be unthinkably difficult, but we can assume that all of Josh’s fears and worries disappeared instantly in that special moment when he saw his naked mom standing there, utterly raw and exposed. Congratulations on graduating, Josh, and best of luck to you as you head off to college!