What is it about summertime that makes you want to drink? It can be 10am on a Tuesday, and if it is above 70 and sunny, it's time for a Bloody Mary. I find myself looking at the clock in the afternoon. Is it 5:00 yet? Do I have a problem? I mean, hell, it is kids vacation & that is enough to make you want to shotgun Natty Light if it was available. Can I have a drink now?
Growing up, my parents had a cocktail every night before dinner. I never saw this as a problem. They still do. They never got rip-roaring drunk, but had that time before dinner to chill, sip a beverage & relax. These days you feel guilty about imbibing. Are my children going to become alcoholics because they see mommy & daddy having a cocktail? I am of the opinion that if your children are exposed to things & understand the rules that they are less apt to abuse such things. Does that make me crazy? Naive? Ignorant? I don't think so.
My first experience with alcohol was the time I thought it would be fun to sneak into my fathers liquor cabinet in the basement. I didn't grab beer from the fridge or wine. I decided to grab the $50 bottle of Crown Royal in the pretty purple pouch. This was it. After downing several piss-warm shots of this god-awful stuff, I proceeded to get drunk. It was not good. It was not fun.. Getting drunk was not what I expected. Luckily, I didn't throw up. That was saved for my first experience with Tequila on Senior break in Fort Lauderdale. Oh, the joys of waking up in your own vomit. To this day I still throw up a little in my mouth when I smell Tequila. Can't do it.
I'm not much of a drinker now. I actually am more enamored with the idea of having drinks. I don't drink to get drunk. Which makes me wonder why I drink at all. I used to be able to drink like a viking in my earlier days. Shots, funnels, shotguns, you name it! I think if you set me up a funnel, I would vomit just looking at it now. I was drinking to get drunk! That was during my college years, from what I can remember. :-) Now, it is a social thing. Truth is, I don't like being drunk. I hate that feeling, that loopy, lethargic, where-are-my-pants feeling. But I am a big fan of the buzz. When I was singing in my band, I got to watch people go from sober to bombed. It was always quite entertaining. As long as I wasn't one of those people.
I can't drink hard alcohol. That is reserved for date night dinners where I will have one Manhattan or a So Co on the rocks. (no, I m not 70, I just drink like I am.) I drink "girlie" drinks. Twisted Tea is my go to, although now that I have been trying to lose weight, I find them less appealing at 220 calories a pop. You may also find, at anytime, in my fridge, some sort of wine cooler. Now, don't judge. I know they are so 80's, but at least it's not Zima. (though I had been know to have some of those when they were popular.) The problem is, I drink drinks that don't work. You need about 13 Twisted Teas to get a buzz. I need to start drinking Scotch, Jack or Jameson. Those work, from what I gather.
When my children were little, I often found solace in going to Barnes & Noble & perusing the parenting books. I was amazed at the number of mommy books that had alcohol in the title. Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay, Three Martini Play-Date & Daddy Needs a Drink and If You give A Mommy A Martini to name just a few. Is this the advice we are getting to cope with the stress of parenting? Drink up? No wonder why my parents had daily cocktails. I get it now. Thank god I didn't have a colicky child. I would be in rehab. Not to mention the prescription drugs that are so freely given to moms as well. I think I am the only mother I know that does not have a script for Xanax. (Although, I am considering it now, lol)
I am not condoning the excessive use of alcohol as a means of escape. Like anything else, I can see how it can get out of hand. But I do love the idea of sipping a cold one on a hot day & feeling free. Add to that a beautiful summer day or evening & it's on! So go forth & enjoy your beverage a choice, responsibly. With 6 weeks left of summer vacation, I may have to look into getting some Natty Light. Mommy needs a drink!