A few months before the pandemic struck, I had decided to cut back on my wine habit, which began when I was taking care of my elderly father. A glass or two at night seemed to “take the edge off” and make eldercare more tolerable. I guess that’s kinda like being a “wine mom,” but in this case, a “wine daughter.”
Anyhow, I was done with it until Covid came along. Like many other people, I found myself looking for an escape. Suddenly, I was a baking maniac – and back to a glass or two every night again. The habit had returned. I was officially a pandemaholic!
Mind you, I’m a marvelous drinker. I never get mad, never cry, and you’ll never see me wearing a lampshade on my head. I’m also immune to hangovers – even when drinking a man twice my size under the table. I’ve never had a hangover in my life. So yeah, I can drink. It doesn’t mean I should.
While the wine habit never impacted my life, those calories added up (don’t forget I was also a cakeaholic during these past few months). Suddenly, nothing felt right or fit right. Hips don’t lie, people.
So it’s time to ditch the wine again. Look, coping with a pandemic isn’t easy for anyone. We’re all chomping at the bit to return to our “normal” lives. But right now, nothing is “business as usual.” Which makes it too easy to search for an escape. That departure from stress may show up as stress eating, doom-scrolling, zoning out in front of the tube (guilty on that too), or the bottom of a wine glass.
If you’ve been doing any of that, welcome to the club. I assure you, you are not alone. But checking out isn’t solving a damn thing. It’s only delaying the response to the cruddy things that are happening right now. Which means it’s too easy to ignore the shit show that we’ve all been living under.
I don’t want to do that. I want to be present, utterly present, for every thing that’s happening. And I want my pants to fit. So, buh-bye Francis Ford Coppola and my beloved Beaujolais Noveau (which should be dropping soon – wah!). You’ve been great but it’s time for you to hit the road. Leave the cake on your way out.
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