Friday, January 2, 2015

Just One Swig

Just One Swig
I am a little late getting my New Year's Eve piece published.  Here it is on January 2.

Perhaps Just One Swig is appropriate for New Year's Eve especially if one is the designated driver.  I come from roots where one family member had a drinking problem.  She never would admit it to others and secretly drank beginning in her coffee cup in the morning and continuing throughout the day.  I have my thoughts on why she needed to escape through wine.

Unfortunately, she was unkind when she drank.  Finally her body could not tolerate the alcohol and she stopped drinking the last three years of her life.  By then she had developed unkind habits with others and, at 96, it was too late to change behavior.  She told a neighbor that she wished she had been a nicer person!  So at least there was some recognition of the behavior.  I rarely drink because of how I saw it change someone's behavior negatively.

6 comments:

Claudia MB said...

When I received this card in the mail (what a wonderful Xmas gift!), I had a different story in my mind about the images. Knowing what you had in mind just adds one more layer.

john said...

I am certain your story is more fun! :-) Glad you got it and glad you like it

Jacki Long said...

I do relate, John, big time.
I rarely drink for the very same reasons.
Being on the outside and seeing those results affects decisions, right?

Catherine R said...

They don't call it the demon drink for nothing. I think every family has or knows people who ruin their own lives and the lives of their families. We could all go teetotal for 2015...

tgarrett said...

John- This is quite the piece- I really do relate to what you experienced- my mother while she didn't drink- her father was an alcoloic and she certainly had all the traits. Well done and thanks for the back stories on many of your pieces.

Thomas LaBadia said...

Really fantastic John - thank you so much for sharing the background on this with us.