... in the parent support group were noticeably, emotionally off-camber, even though we started with two minutes of silent zoom "mindfulness."
Be silent with ten strangers from CT (the expensive exurbs), NY (Westchester Cty) and an outlier from VT while contemplating how we got here. Feel better.
The facilitator wants to know our "win for the weekend." Also, our concerns, challenges, victories.
"I let her steer the ship," says one, after recounting a harrowing fortnight from hell with her teenager.
Lots of screen nodding. These mothers (no fathers, just saying, even though they got the email invite) were nothing if not uber-versed in the language of natural consequences.
I went with the non-loaded "We took our dog for a run in open space." Mostly, I kept my camera off because substance abuse is not on the table and I had to work simultaneously on a competing laptop. Because working remotely, for me, is usually hair on fire.
In other words, I was with them in the safe container ... but not exactly all in.
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