On October 2, 2013, Mississippi wife, mom and proud NRA member, Melissa Earnest was just that, a wife and mom. A noble full-time, over-time job, to be sure, but not many people knew her name. Then she posted a video on Facebook and suddenly the Earnest household was on the map and Melissa Earnest was a household word.
The now famous “Grabman Video” went viral with 86,000 shares on Facebook and more than 60,000 views on YouTube in just over three months. What has ensued over the course of those three months is the life of a young woman suddenly thrust into the limelight. Every aspect of her life is now scrutinized by people who don't even know her. But that hasn't stopped her from turning her new found fame into something good and as a way to help people. She hasn't been shy about sharing her thoughts on various causes and current events. But this transparency just seems to endear her more to her fans. She is the real deal and she has welcomed us all into her home and into her life.
It was during those first three months that she revealed something very personal. In those early months we learned that Melissa Earnest has an autistic son.
Sitting down and talking to Melissa Earnest is like chatting with an old friend. She talks about her 'Cinderella story' with still just a bit of shock. She admits to being scared with it first started. She said her first priorities have always been her faith and her roles as wife and mother. She originally started creating the videos on Facebook because she loves making people smile. The videos and interaction were a coping mechanism as she grieved over her grandmother and aunt being placed in separate nursing homes. She credits those two women with being her 'inspiration in life' and it hurt to see it happen.
When the 'grabman' video took off, she was blindsided. But good things have come out of it and parents have been able to see a doting mother who adores her children, a stay at home mom who is making it work. They are also seeing, through her son, that autism is indeed beautiful. This is her story.