Sober Life Victory: School Supply Shopping
It’s early August and my back to school supplies shopping is complete. I woke up Sunday morning and decided to tackle back to school shopping with my five year old who will be entering kindergarten. This wasn’t any Sunday morning either. It was the Sunday after arriving home from vacation and being delayed four hours in Atlanta. Getting us home at 9 pm, well past the kids bedtime. Even so, I woke up got ready, made my list of all the things needed, plus school suppliers and loaded my daughter up for an early morning adventure at Target.
It was fun, peaceful and felt like such a sober life victory. With more than enough time to sort and label my kids’ supplies before open house where the mass chaos of dropping them off happens.
You see, last year I waited till the week of open house. I did it in the evening with the entire family. I was tired. I was cranky. I was hungover. The school supply section in Target was a mess. Picked through, disorganized and couldn’t find hardly anything.
I had to run around to three different stores to get everything on the list. I sorted and labels with wine in hand. Through it together. Then as I was double checking the list the day of the open house - I realized there was a page 2 to my son’s list, and I had nothing on it.
Failure. Idiot. Why can’t I just get these things right. Why is one shoe always dropping. That’s how I felt.
I was so down on myself. I was disappointed and felt unsure if I could ever enjoy a life where I was a wife, mom and career woman. How could I ever balance it all. I was always, letting something fall apart.
But, this year. I celebrate my back to school supplies shopping as a #soberlifevictory with more than 25 days till open house. With everything on the list, sorted and ready to go. No sense of failure, no grumpiness. Just enjoyment and a high sense of accomplishment for having the energy to live the life and be present for all of it.
Have you had any sober life victories lately?
How do you handle back to school shopping?