Last updated on December 27th, 2013 at 07:33 am
Did the title grab your attention? If it did, then it worked! NickMom really didn’t helped me realize I’m not a drunk, rather, NickMom helped me realize that a drink on Thanksgiving is warranted and necessary.
Being a parent is stressful enough. Add in Thanksgiving and a trip to the in-laws, and things escalate rather quickly! NickMom helped me realize I’m not a drunk, only a seasonal drunk, and that’s totally acceptable. I don’t handle stress very well. My crazy kids and hectic schedule keep me going non-stop, and my husband wonders why I’m a scrooge. When the holidays roll around, my inner scrooge emerges and I’m on countdown for it all to end. I’m that person that takes the tree down the day after Christmas; that’s how happy I am that it’s all over. Last year turned out a little different than I had planned. Before you continue reading this, you might want to grab for a glass of wine, and don’t feel guilty about drinking during the day, tis the season.
A little bit of this wine (above) will get me singing Amazing Grace to the Gilligan’s Island theme song, no lie. And in a house full of very religious people, that’s not a good idea.
In short, my mother-in-law found the hidden bottle of wine that I had tried to stash in my son’s diaper bag. Then, it was discovered that I didn’t have the nonalcoholic wine in my glass like everyone else was drinking, instead, I had the real stuff, the kind that gets you drunk. I was so embarrassed! I turned every shade of red and felt my heart beating in my throat. Thank God for my husband jumping in to defend me. Just for me to get through a dinner at my in-laws, I used to need a drink or a Xanax. The alcohol was easier to come by, so I went with that. It’s not fair to ask a stressed, frazzled, sleep-deprived momma to go without her wine during a crazy family gathering on Thanksgiving. That’s just wrong, and mean.
When Jasmine saw how embarrassed I was she yelled out, “My mommy needs her wine; it’s her happy juice.” I couldn’t believe I had been caught. I had a sudden flashback to the time I was kicked out of my prom for smelling of liquor.
In all fairness, I shouldn’t have tried to sneak booze. I should have just gotten wasted before heading over. The nonalcoholic wine they serve at my in-laws just doesn’t cut it. What’s the use of nonalcoholic wine? It’s like a big tease: such a waste of time and effort. Also, I learned another valuable lesson. I shouldn’t mention anything around my daughter that I don’t want repeated, and I no longer call my wine my happy juice.
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