One of the kids left the better portion of a chocolate bar laying about, I take my job cleaning up as a mother seriously. It was laying there forgotten and creating a mess, I did what any reasonable person would do, I cleaned up the mess with my mouth. It was delicious and I have no regrets. There is only one right way to make chocolate disappear. Waste not, want not as the saying goes.
It makes me happy, seriously I think it’s the best cheap mood stabilizer on the market. Having a bad day, eat chocolate. Feeling tired and need to perk up a bit, eat chocolate. Nauseated? Have a piece of chocolate. Are you sad? Need to celebrate? Chocolate. Can’t think of what to get that special girl in your life, it’s chocolate.
Full confession when I bought staples during the first shutdown due to Covid, I bought chocolate chips because I knew that was like the one luxury I couldn’t make it through without. Everyone else stockpiled toilet paper, I bought chocolate chips. I didn’t hoard anything, intuitively I knew while it may take a little time the markets would stabilize. I did accidentally order too many peanut butter crackers for the kids I thought I ordered 2 two 20 count packs only to realize oops they were 40 count and I accidentally ordered 160 packs of peanut butter crackers.
At this point the kids won’t even touch them anymore, not that I blame them. Though it was good to know if worse came to worse we would be set, we wouldn’t starve. I ate a small handful of chocolate chips daily and took my time. With nowhere to go and life on it’s head we all clinged to random things. I’m fortunate to live in an area that has so much to offer outdoors away from people. In the heat of Summer we would drive to a wonderful outdoor area with streams and hiking and since we couldn’t go to the pool, we kicked it old school and played in the creeks. The kids ended up enjoying it far more than I ever dreamed.
Sometimes we forget they need to unplug too. They grew up on technology and we assume they will be fully miserable without it for any length of time. Sometimes I think the truth of that is more that we are busy and it is far easier to allow them to occupy their time with electronics instead of working it in. Every time we go to do fun outdoor stuff where the wifi don’t flow it is always met with resistance and once we are there and enjoying it, they fully embrace it.
Don’t forget to slow down and enjoy the free wonderful things the world has to offer. Spring is on the horizon and so are sunny days. Take a walk, go fishing, see some mountain tops. Hit the lake, the beach, or the nearest creek. Fire up the grill and eat with family and friends and eat chocolate. Watch the sunset, see the stars rise and unplug a little from time to time and plug back into yourself and the universe, you’ll find answers you can’t google.
*Disclaimer: That chocolate bar was in a wrapper, I picked it up with my hands and then put it in my mouth 🤣 I’m not an animal, I didn’t lick the counter.