Having a tantrum-throwing toddler is like playing video game where you keep on pressing the arrow button to move your character, but they just spasm and explode. So it's not surprising that, as a mother, you might lose your sense of reality, and do some things you wouldn't ordinarily do before you had a small person with seemingly irrational reactions, when your kid is in meltdown mode. One of the perks of being a mom to a toddler in the tantrum stages? There are some things you can only get away with when your toddler is tantruming.
The other day, in the middle of a snowstorm, I had to pick up bagels and cream cheese to bring to my son's preschool party because I'm a class mother (a thing I honestly never thought I'd type or say). Naturally, both my toddler and my kindergartner wanted to play in the snow while I got the bagels, and when it was time to head to the party my toddler was not pleased. "I wanna make a snowman!" he said, even though the snow was slushy and he was already soaked. I told him we had to go to the party, but he planted his feet and protested. Finally I picked him up and he made his body go stiff and started screaming like he was being skinned alive. By the time we got to the school, the bagel bag was soggy and beginning to break, all three of us were soaking wet, and along the way I had lost one of my sons' mittens. I saw one of the other class moms, looked at her, and said, "I can't." Then I put my son on the floor, where he continued to cry about the lost snowman opportunity, and I took a few moments to just breathe while she took the bagels and gave them to someone else and helped my son with his coat and shoes and calmed him down within moments.
Ordinarily, I wouldn't just deposit my child on the floor and ask someone else to deal with my business. However, when you've got a full-blown toddler meltdown on your hands, it is one of those moments in life when you get a pass.