Children are greater than the sum of accountability in any 12-step program

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While enduring pandemic in my rural home,

schooling three boys with

long-forgotten,

seemingly irrelevant algebraic formulas

(quadratic, slope, linear equation)

and not going anywhere, really

missing friends, hugs, handshakes…

my longtime pal,

Popcorn

let me stuff my stress into the savory embrace of its kernels

with repeated visits at the kitchen counter.

Whopping batches of stovetop-popped

or that one brand

of white cheddar.

I scanned news

and gorged.

It comforted

without judgment.

And after every tête-à-tête…

a

deft

plunge

into despair’s pit.

Again, I’d binged.

So I learned

to only eat it with my children,

splitting

the

difference.

Because fractions are the superior, relevant math.

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Rhonda Franz

Rhonda Franz

home operations specialist | editor | I write, raise boys, & exhibit ridiculous enthusiasm over the littlest of things. rhondafranz.com, captainmom.net