Every parent who has worked from home with kids in the house has a story—or seven—about being interrupted by children behaving in a, well, less than professional manner.
But one work-from-home dad just experienced possibly the most epic work disturbance ever: His kids nonchalantly, hilariously photo-bombed—or rather, video-bombed—their dad while he was doing a Skype interview live with the BBC.
Professor Robert Kelly was speaking with the BBC about the ousting of South Korea’s president when his office door opens up and a toddler stomps in jovially and taps dad on the arm, eager to play. “I think one of your children’s just walked in,” the BBC interviewer says, stifling a laugh.
As Kelly tries to nudge the child away with a swipe of the arm, a second child pops into the room. It’s an infant sibling obliviously scooting through the door on a rolling walker. “Pardon me, pardon me,” Kelly says, while closing his eyes in frustration, clearly conflicted between the urge to laugh or cry. “My apologies.”
The episode reaches a crescendo when Kelly’s frenzied wife Jung-a-Kim bursts in, in a cartoon-like blur, and corrals the children out of the room.
After a few shakes of the head and another “sorry” or two, Kelly starts talking about politics in Asia again like nothing happened. Some crying can be heard in the distance, but that fades after a bit.
Working professionals everywhere must sympathize with Kelly—and his poor wife too, for that matter. And we’re all envious of the kids, who clearly couldn’t care less and just want to have some fun.
[This story has been updated to clarify that the woman who bursts in during the video is Kelly’s wife, Jung-a-Kim, not a nanny as many reports stated earlier.]