Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Tempted to Leave

Pin It Now! Burger King is less than 2 minutes from my house, and I came so close (well, not really) to just leaving all 3 kids at home while I made a quick run. Of course I didn't give in to temptation and do such a stupid thing, but the thought was ever present in my mind. In just 3 short years it will be legal for me to do this. Wow, that reality is staggering!!!

All I wanted was a coke. To relieve some stress. Yes I know, the end result usually means more stress--faster heart rate, jittery nerves, insomnia, etc. But while the drink bubbles down oh-so-smooth, it feels good for the moment. I am sure that if I was a smoker, I would have already inhaled 3 packs since Monday. (I am so thankful I have never even taken 1 drag of those filthy wads of nicotine!) So for me when stress surmounts, I crave a soda, as I now say since moving out west. ;)

If desperation had completely overtaken me, I guess I could have thrown them all in the car and gotten myself a carbonated beverage for goodness' sake, but then I would've had to illegally drive my 3 year old since I don't have a car seat in the airless car. Plus, I would've had to endure the complaints of three ragamuffins about how unbearably hot it was to ride in a car without air in 100 degree heat. And then they would have all whined about not being able to get a drink, too.

So, with all that in mind, I figured I could do without. (I am pretty good at that by now.) And you know what else? I tried to reassure myself that if I had gone, it would have been the day that 20 cars were ahead of me in line, the day that the drink machine broke down and the day that a car seat inspector would have pulled in right behind me in the drive-thru lane. Yep, I am sure that is exactly the way things would have turned out--all for a coke!


And why am I so stressed and in need of a pick me up? My kids have just come down from a vacation high. A vacation without mom. While I am overjoyed that my family is home, the reality is I am the one who has to dish out the dirty work, get them back on a home school schedule, which they have not taken kindly to, make them do chores, get them to bed at a decent hour, blah, blah, blah.

Daddy incessantly praised their behavior (most of the time) while he had them all by himself for 8 days. Why, I ask, why do children have to drag their mothers down until they explode like a volcano or melt down into the floor like the wicked witch of the west?

Well enough venting for now. I need to sink myself into the Word before rest time is over, which is in 6 minutes. I know-- I should have been doing that instead of this.


5 comments:

AJ said...

I have a suggestion - why not buy you one of those little 6-packs of the small 8 oz cans of Coke, hide them up in the top of your closet, so that when you are REALLY, REALLY stressed and desperately crave a Coke (which I TOTALLY understand!), then you could break one out, pour a little bit into a small glass and indulge yourself in one small pleasure, without having to load up a gaggle of kids in the car and without consuming crazy amounts of (gasp!) sugared, carbonated beverage! A couple of sips would hit the spot AND you could even share a tiny bit of the yummy beverage with the little muffins - a win-win situation if I ever heard one!

not up to code said...

I have those days too and an ice cold Coke with a slice of lime gets me thru! But the Coke (real Coke not Pepsi or Big K) has to be pre-chilled and poured into a glass glass - non of that plastic stuff - before the ice is added. I use my citrus zester to zest my lime before I slice it then I can squirt the lime in and rim the glass with the zest. I'm not particular or anything.

Things are better now that Emma is in school all day. I don't know how you do it with the homeschooling.

HONEY said...

My relaxation beverage of choice is one of the following (depending on the stress level)

1. 1/2 glass Canada Dry Ginger Ale,
1/2 Glass Cranberry or Pomegranite Juice, twist of lime, over crushed ice..Aaah!

2. Milk + Hershey's Special Dark Choc syrup. Serve it in a glass that has been in the freezer & it is sooooo good!

Just about anything served in a pretty glass feels like a "special treat". :-)

AutumnFawn said...

Great suggestion AJ!!

I love the Ale and cranberry drink, too. Haven't had that in a while. Since I absolutely love pomegranates, the ale and pomegranate sounds delicious!! I love pretty glasses, too--Just don't have very many.

I am all about fun drinks!:)

HONEY said...

T-bone gave me a book of fun drinks & smoothies, as well as a very cool new "industrial" strength blender to mix them up with. Has provided much fun!

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