Yesterday afternoon as I sat amongst a group of moms waiting for extramural photos to be taken at school a mom sinks down onto the lawn next to me with a huge sigh. " I can not any more. I even had a chocolate on the sly in my car right now". She went on to tell us how busy her week has been and that in 45 minutes time she had to be back at the high school across the street with picnic dinner for her family and her high school boy in tow. It's silly season all round.
Even before she arrived talk was all about how hectic this term is and how everyone feels that they are just not coping. I had a headache lingering from earlier the day despite taking some meds. " Well you are lucky - my kids find out if I eat chocolate in the car" another mom exclaimed to which mom 1 answered that she is a pro - she has already chucked away the wrapper in the bin at the gate to the school.
And so the next mom explained that she and her hubby pig out on a slab of chocolate every night when the kids are in bed. "Damn the chocolate, we have a good shot of whiskey every night" one of the moms with 4 kids said. "I can not wait until we get home, never mind the kids are in bed to have my glass of wine" another mom explained - she does have two busy toddlers and a grade 1. I admitted to doing maybe a bit of them all if occasion calls but whipped out my trusty bottle of ResQ remedy that has been floating in my handbag since about August this year. "Snap!" called another mom, her REsQ in hand and with a "Cheers" we both had a few drops to loads of laughter all around us.
It turns out that yes, we are not alone and yes, we are all struggling a bit to cope with all that has to be done. But with a bit of laughter (and a few drops or chomps of your choice ) maybe we will all make it to the end of the year.
So - what is your "drug of choice"? And are you also finding it very very busy - or are we just all very tired? I suspect it's a bit of both.