We are SO MAD! All week we’ve been looking forward to going to Parenthesis Parent Child Center, 405 S. Euclid Ave. (848-2227), on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. for their parent workshop called Whining, Nagging, Dawdling, and Other Joys of Parenting! Now we find out it’s supposed to be about preventing your child from doing these things, instead of an opportunity to celebrate our right to engage in said activities ourselves. Rats! We have been more than ready to get a good whine on lately and, as for nagging and dawdling, we’d rather hoped the class would involve role-playing. We’d get to be the exasperated parent while you were the intransigent child, then vice versa.

The unexpressed whine leads to trouble, we’ve found. So rather than head recklessly into the heart of the holiday season with a troubled soul, we’ve decided to take a detour, at least until we find our credit card.

Last year it was the car keys. One year we left an impressionable young child-ours, as it happened-standing outside the school in sub-zero weather all through her lunchtime while we rushed around from store to store, oblivious to the time.

So in the interest of calming ourselves down, deep inside our inner self where the Shopping God lives, we’re heading for Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. (383-8200), tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 5, for a 6:30 p.m. workshop hosted by the Myogyoji Buddhist Temple, Achieving Peace in a Chaotic World. We plan to gain a deeper understanding of our relationship with our environment. This should lead to valuable insights, such as where we put the stupid credit card.

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