A few months ago, the New York Times set up something called the Primal Scream Line. This is how they explained it:
“Are you a parent who is tired as hell? Welcome to the New York Times Primal Scream Line, where the floor is yours to yell, laugh, cry or vent, for a solid minute.”
Here are some of the messages that people left on the Primal Scream Line:
I just wanted to say…Aaaah! Aaah!
I’m so sick of my kids.
This pandemic has made me realize that maybe I’m not cut out to be a mother.
I am doing my sixth load of laundry today.
God, every day I think I can’t do this again, but then I do. I get it, I get up and I do it. Because that’s just what parents do, right?
All I hear all the livelong day is ‘Mom, mom, MOM! Mom, MOMMMM, mom, MOM, mom!! MoM, mommommommom, MOMMM!!’
I learned of the Scream Line through a recent episode of the podcast, The Daily. There is no narrator for this episode. You just hear the voices of the parents. A high percentage of them are calling from the bathroom because that is the only place they can go in their house and have any privacy.
Listening to the voices on the Primal Scream Line made me realize again just how hard this pandemic has been on parents of school age children. With three fourths of the school year done, I want to take a moment to acknowledge the challenges of this past year for all of you. I’m going to repeat something we said at the beginning of the school year, something that you may need to hear again as this school year enters its final weeks.
We see you.
We love you.
We support you.
God sees you.
God loves you.
God supports you.
If you are parenting a school age child, what would you like to say to the Primal Scream Line? If you are not parenting a school age child, what message of support would you like to give to parents?