He tried on the pants. And they were perfect, they just needed to be hemmed.
So, new pants.
We went to the park to meet Grand Master H’s new friend.
Everything was fine and then Grand Master H launched into one of his epic meltdowns. He was hungry and he was PISSED. He was screaming at me, calling me a freak, as we made our way out of the park. He took off his seatbelt on the ride home and menaced me from the backseat. When we got home, he jumped out of the car, took his shirt off and ran around the front yard screaming and ran all over. He refused to go into the house, preferring to stage his protest for the whole street.
I dragged him into the house and ran upstairs and attempted to jump over the railing on the second floor down to into the entryway.
This festival of fun went on for the better part of 45 minutes.
Finally, he started to lose the momentum he had built up and ate some PEZ. As soon as the sugar hit his bloodstream, I could see that the switch had flipped and my sweet, sensitive boy was back. He climbed, all elbows and knees, onto my lap and sobbed. He was so full of remorse. He felt horrible for the things he had said and done, but was just now being hit with the realization that he had hurt feelings of people he cares about. A hard thing to face, even when you are 45, let alone 5.
After getting everyone in bed, I ate several Salted Chocolate Cookies,
had a good cry and went to bed.
The cookies helped. The crying just made me congested.
If you need a good cry, believe me, I feel you.
If you need a good chocolate cookie, I am here to help.
Salted Chocolate Cookies
8 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (I used Ghirardelli 70%)
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (I added an additional 1/3 cup)
½ cup plus 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. baking powder
8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, plus more for rolling the logs (I used Swedish Pearl Sugar)
2 large eggs
¼ tsp. table salt
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/3 cup whole milk
Maldon salt, for finishing (I used some fancy sea salt from France)
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. Just heat it on gently. Stir occasionally, just until the chocolate melts and is smooth. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Whisk together the flour, cocoa, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a stand mixer, beat butter until fluffy. Gradually add sugar. Add eggs one at a time, mixing until completely blended. Mix in salt and vanilla and then the melted chocolate. Add the milk.
These will keep at room temperature for several days, but they won’t be around that long. Especially if you have a particularly rough day.