The Secret to Not Worrying when Life is Suddenly Chaotic

I've spent more time in the past 7 days considering the importance of toilet paper in my life than all my other forty-some years on this planet.


Don't worry. I'm not going to get on my slightly crunchy mom rant about how you can use wash rags in place of Toilet paper if it came down to it. By the way, I learned this little trick on both attempts to do cloth diapering in my home. The keyword is "attempt." I was never a successful cloth diapering mom, but that a story for another day.


All these bizarre thoughts have me digging deeper into my head than I have in a long time & maybe some of my conclusions will help you too.



Oh no! I better buy some toilet paper


It all started on the night before the great historic toilet paper sellout of March 2020.


The thing is I don't follow the news. I leave that up to my husband. Honestly, I only listen to about 34.349% of what he says when he is giving me the recap. So, I knew that there was a Corona Virus & that Europe felt its effects in a bad way. That's it.


My hubby & I were laying in bed having our typical nightly conversion. & he says, "You might need to buy some toilet paper tomorrow." This was the start of a bad conversation. To be clear, my hubby was acting like an adult & I was acting like a complete and total asshat. (Yes, I can typically admit when I'm a jerk.)


I woke up the next morning with my hubby's conservative voice of reason in the back of my mind but still started my day off with a BIG eye-roll.



It really happened!


I stopped eye-rolling when I chatted with a friend and found out that the local university was closing its doors for the remainder of the school year & there would be no graduation ceremony for the Seniors all over this virus.


& yes, I called my hubby to tell him & he, of course, said, "See, I told you so!" So, I headed to Walmart & then to Target to buy some toilet paper with the rest of the panic-stricken American Moms. (At this point Walmart was all out, but Target still had some)


You all know that the food hoarding shortly followed. I decided to head out to the stores Sunday morning at 6 am just to see what the new "fully-stocked" grocery story looked like in this pandemic.


I'm here to inform you that I had no problem buying the ingredients to make an apple pie, frozen zucchini spirals (which I will probably never eat), & Great Valu brand Mac N Cheese. Everything else on my "list" was nowhere to be found.


I might have grabbed the last two bags of Mozzarella cheese, but I'm certain no one witnessed me doing any such thing.


Where do we go from here