Distracting the Toddler

I made it through Valentine’s Day and, I think, the worst of this current depression.  I had to navigate death-thoughts for a while, which is my signal to engage in some serious distraction.  So, I dug money out of my emergency stash, drove to Des Moines, and camped out at the cinema multiplex.  Once I paid my $6.50, I roamed from theater to theater and ended up seeing two lame movies—The Woman in Black and The Journey 2.  Meh.

When the depression is overwhelming, like it was yesterday, quality doesn’t matter as much as quantity.  I need something to keep my forebrain occupied for an extended period of time.  It’s like feeding a toddler by flying the spoon around like an airplane.  The depression can’t look at the pretty pictures and make me miserable at the same time. Driving home in the dark, I felt exhausted, but calmer.

This morning I woke up after three hours of sleep—insomnia being another one of depression’s gifts.  But the agitation I experienced yesterday is milder.  Today will be easier to manage.  Unless, of course, it isn’t.  Toddlers can be so unpredictable.  I may have to use hand puppets.

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10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. carlarenee45
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 04:36:00

    I hope today is a better day for you 😉

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  2. ManicMuses
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 09:54:37

    Hand puppets! Or, shadow puppets. I can never decide which are more fun. Feel better!

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  3. littlesundog
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 13:38:26

    I have had a strange week myself, mulling over hurt and disappointment. But alas, just when I needed a distraction, Daisy deer came along and we went for long strolls – 2 hours yesterday and 1 hour today. She laid down to rest for a while in the shade and I sat nearby on a rock. I watched birds and she kept an eye out for predators. Distractions are always a good thing. I hope your day is much brighter and calm today.

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  4. rachelmiller1511
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 14:31:27

    I often go to the cinema when I’m not feeling good. It’s a great place to hide from the world for a bit isn’t it?! I’ll make sure to avoid the Woman in Black, I’d been thinking I might see it as it’s just been released here; but now I think I’ll save my £8!

    Sorry to hear you’ve not been so well recently. I really hope you feel better soon.

    Rachel
    Xxx

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  5. Kathryn McCullough
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 17:45:02

    Ha, love the last sentence! Glad you got through yesterday and are feeling a bit better today. Here’s to the hand puppets——-
    Hugs,
    Kathy

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  6. Sheryl Mae
    Feb 15, 2012 @ 18:03:31

    Yea, but Mr. Radcliffe will always be Harry and need to be wearing round glasses.

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    • Sandy Sue
      Feb 15, 2012 @ 21:29:06

      It was neat to see him in an adult role (even if the movie sucked). He was a young lawyer at the turn of the century with a four-year-old son. I liked him a lot.

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