No, you can't have chocolate with your whine. Mama can. #365StrongStories 49

Would you like some wine with your chocolate? #365StrongStories by Marisa Goudy There comes a moment in every child’s life when she stands at the top of the stairs crying “mommy, I need you!” It will be thirty years before she understands what mama is really doing when she calls, “Yes, darling, I know. Let me just get your cough medicine!”

Mother is actually going for a mouthful of Cadbury chocolate and a slug of Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

Good night, dear.

You Need to Drink the Wine to Hear the Stories, #365StrongStories 43

You need to drink the wine to hear the stories, #365StrongStories 43Glasses clink and voices rise and fall. Sudden laughter startled the toddler whose trying to sleep hours after her bedtime. It's a family gathering, and though too many of us are missing, it has its own perfection.

Stories poured with wine are infuriating and hilarious in turns. It's best that one doesn't try to recount them while that wine is still flowing.