Mom shares hysterical video after Zoom mishap

An elementary school virtual classroom nearly got an eyeful from one of the student’s mothers, who accidentally walked in naked while her daughter was on a Zoom call.

Ashley Smith, a mom from Jacksonville, Fla., says she was having a rather productive morning on May 5 before the now-viral incident — she had logged her three daughters onto their online classes, “hammered out some work” and was planning to take a shower before running out of the house to complete errands.

But after hopping out of the shower and walking into her bedroom to put on clothing, Smith realized her 7-year-old daughter had relocated herself from the home office to her mom’s room, bringing her computer and her classroom of first-grade peers along for the ride — and the accidental peep show.

I have contemplated sharing this as it is the most embarrassing thing that has EVER happened to me. But, I think we could all use this laugh. Today I became a cautionary tale. Woke up, got everyone logged on to school, hammered out some work and then was going to hop in the shower before I needed to run out of the house. I was winning the day! I should have known it was too good to be true. Hopped in the shower. Jumped out. Threw my hair up in a towel. Leisurely sauntered across the room to grab my clothes. THEN. IT. HAPPENED. I heard a small voice say “hang on one second” and then another one say “I think we need to hang up, we are going to get in trouble”. Ummmm, where in the heck are these voices coming from? I’ll tell you where they were coming from. The perfectly angled computer sitting atop a pillow on my bed. While I was showering, the youngest one set up her Zoom meeting on my bed. Her computer was on my pillow, camera facing the middle of the room, she was on her stomach tucked under the covers. Did I just walk neked into a zoom call? I DID! I am the person that watches the News or scrolls through FB at night and declares that all Zoom videos are staged. There is no way a news anchors mistress walked into the screen. Well, I was wrong. It’s totally possible. But, what do you do then? Send apology notes? Insist it wasn’t you? Immediately withdraw your children? Move to Canada? Own it? This wasn’t in the parenting handbook. Virtual schooling is hard. Balancing everything is hard. Not being able to exist in your own house without knowing where a zoom call might pop up is HARD. May my humiliation make you giggle tonight. I hate pictures, I hate videos, there is little proof of my existence beyond live interactions. But, for some reason I picked up my phone to document my embarrassment. *edit* it has been confirmed that no child saw anything. Thank goodness! WEAR YOUR CLOTHES! END VIRTUAL SCHOOL!

Posted by Ashley Smith on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

“I heard a small voice say ‘hang on one second’ and then another one say ‘I think we need to hang up, we are going to get in trouble,'” Smith wrote on Facebook, recalling the moment she realized she was not alone in her room. “Ummmm, where in the heck are these voices coming from?”

“I’ll tell you where they were coming from,” she continued. “The perfectly angled computer sitting atop a pillow on my bed. While I was showering, the youngest one set up her Zoom meeting on my bed. Her computer was on my pillow, camera facing the middle of the room. Did I just walk naked into a zoom call? I DID!”

Smith shared a video of herself in a towel explaining the mortifying incident on Facebook, where it has since been viewed over 2 million times.

Although Smith said her initial reaction was pure embarrassment, she eventually decided to laugh at the situation.

“Do I like, write an apology note to all the parents?” she laughed in the clip. “Or pretend it didn’t happen or call them all liars and that they didn’t really see it?”

“How is this real life! I watch this stuff online and I’m like, ‘they’re lying, that didn’t really happen,'” she said, referencing a slew of journalists and other professionals who have had embarrassing, on-screen gaffes while working from home. “Except it does, it really really happens, and now a first-grade class just got a biology lesson from me. This is literally the most humiliating moment of my life.”

As luck would have it, Smith ultimately learned no kids were actually scarred in the making of her video.

“It has been confirmed that no child actually saw anything!” she later shared on Facebook. “They were getting off the call bc they would be in trouble for being in before the teacher. The timing couldn’t have been more awkward.”

Still, she says she hopes her mishap will serve as a reminder to others to be a little more cautious about their shared living spaces.

“This innocent mishap has brought joy and laughter to more than a million people since it happened,” she wrote. “Whether you have children at home on school calls, a significant other on work calls, or you are on work calls yourself, this is the REALITY of the times we are living in. I am sure that everyone has been a little more cautious in the last week.”

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