Tis the season to be jolly…

16 01 2013

It was the two weeks leading up to Christmas 2010.  I hoped that with my parents knowing the truth, it would rattle his world and he would come to terms with his demons, stop being a self-absorbed dickhead.  There were more ‘counselling sessions’ with my dad and in that time and I saw glimpses of Mort pre-2010, when he has participative and engaged. 

Remembering that Mort had till now skated through because he was a high functioning alcoholic, it wasn’t his change in manner that friends started to comment on, but it was his appearance.  His excema was clearing up and some weight was melting off.  Friends were commenting that he was looking healthy (mind you this is compared to how he was looking before which was decidedly toxic).  I tried to use these remarks as one way to encourage him to continue on his sober path.

I was supportive but nervous as I was still trying to reconcile and figure out all the bizarre crap that had happened in the preceeding weeks.  What heightened my nerves was the fact that after about a week of sobriety he started saying, “I’ve been so good, can’t I just have one drink.”  He started trying to bargain what kind of alcohol, “I won’t have a vodka or anything, just a glass or two of wine or beer…..come on, it’s Christmas”. 

The hairs on the back of my neck started to prickle and I went to bed grinding my teeth.

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19 01 2013
runningbuffet

It always feels slightly strange hitting “like” on one of your posts, for there are many things not to like in the story you are telling. I do not “like” what Mort has done.

My “likes” are more like admiration: for the story you are telling and the bravery you have shown.

21 01 2013
theboldthebeautifulandtheunexpected

Thank you so much for reading and for your comment – it totally made my day. And yes, I completely understand the sentiment behind the ‘like’. 🙂

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