Today was a Jonah day.* Nothing spectacular happened. The baby was up a lot in the night, so I woke up late and sleep deprived. The rest of the day flowed from that inauspicious beginning. Once we got the kids down to bed, I decided chocolate was required. When I pulled up to the gas station, a woman pulled in right beside me. She was about my age, looked worn and frazzled and was driving an oversize SUV. We made eye contact and she looked a little embarrassed, as I'm sure, did I. I knew immediately that we were there for the same reason. At first I thought I had been mistaken when she passed by the candy aisle and walked directly to the counter. Then I realized that I was right, and the drug of choice was the only difference.
- Arnold Adoff
*See Anne of Green Gables