You never know what you’re capable of until you are truly tested. You tell yourself “I’m a reasonable person, open to compromise, willing to do without if need be.” But you know what? It’s a lie. A big fat hairy lie. Because we have needs that drive us to cross the line. I’m not talking just a little toe over the line either. I’m talking about a leap across into the arms of “calm down girl!”

It started, this year, at Thanksgiving. Our Thanksgiving was complicated because we had to delay it a couple days because, well, it’s 2020 and you know how that’s going. So after quite a bit of back and forth, it was the Sunday after Thanksgiving when we headed out for our tree.

Winter Prosapio is a writer, a wife, and a working mom of two girls, two cats, and one ridiculously enthusiastic terrier mix.

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