Suffice it to say, Ashley set off a major breakdown session for the entire family. Part of it was anxiety on her part, because she had a big school assignment due today for "A Wrinkle in Time" that had a lot of work to be completed.
But she REALLY freaked out, and it had a domino effect. Annie melted down, I definitely melted down, Josie burst into tears at one point, and Tiger was just really, really scared.
And then, we picked ourselves up, sat back down for supper, tried to put things back together...and succeeded. Beautifully.
We all pitched in to get the assignment done. Josie finished the last chapter with Ashley, I worked on the composition with her, Annie typed up Ashley's handwritten report, and Josie with Ashley on the quardrama that had to accompany the report. In the meantime, we tag teamed to keep Tiger busy, and when he got too tired, I drove him to my apartment and he crashed in my arms.
This morning I drove the kids to school and walked into Ashley's classroom with the completed project. It looked beautiful.
Last night didn't go as I would have plotted out in my head, but it does prove that we can knuckle under and worked together as a team, even now. And there's something to be said for that.