January 7, 2013


To the parents in the schoolyard this afternoon who saw my child’s behavior as he exited the building: Thank you for not intervening or judging the language he used against me, but rather getting out of the way so that I could deal with it to the best of my ability. Not that I know how to deal with it.

To the teachers who saw us in the halls as we went back in right after dismissal to retrieve his boots: Thank you for not judging but instead giving me sympathetic looks as I attempted to maneuver a stroller, an eight-year-old who wanted to tell me about his day, and a six-year-old who was well past meltdown. I’m actually unsure of whether those looks were sympathetic or just understanding. Because you all just had him for seven hours.

To the people who didn’t see us on the walk home: It got worse.

To the folks who plant, grow, harvest, and manufacture Theo’s chocolate: I love you.

To my husband: Bring home wine.

To the person who posted on Facebook a link to all the Season Three Downton Abbey episodes: I love you so much I might send you Theo’s chocolate.

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  • Reply Jennifer January 7, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Helluva day. And you’re a helluva mama, in the best possible ways.

    Downton Abbey, wine and chocolate are excellent elixirs on a day like this.

  • Reply Marste January 7, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Yikes. I hope you got wine AND chocolate AND Downton Abbey.

  • Reply Lau January 8, 2013 at 12:07 am

    Thank you for your honesty. You are not alone, and in sharing this story, you are bringing loads of, “Thank goodness I’m not alone” feelings to many parents and caregivers.

  • Reply Rachel Sarvey January 9, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    Emily, I do not know you… i am embarrassed to say… I have been trying to figure out how we have met in the past. but finding this blog is very enlightening. First, this story sounded like an awful afternoon. I hope you have less of these than more. Second, you provided sustenance for my family in a time of need. I was worried about the whole grain pasta, but they ate it all up. I am very grateful for your support. We are still toughing it out, these last six weeks have sucked and I anticipate many more. I still have more bad days than good, but there are some good moments sprinkled around. thank you for your support and for a really great mac n cheese! xo Rachel

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