I found this a very powerful and honest piece. I’d encourage you to read it, especially if you’ve lived near alcoholism.
Both my parents were drinkers, and not of the modest variety.
My father died of cirrhosis of the liver at forty, while my mother, with ice tinkling in her glass, terrorized everyone and everything in her path. Even the goldfish were afraid of her.
As a kid growing up with serious drinkers, you never knew what to expect leaving its mark on you as an adult.
Why are you so edgy Susannah….always waiting for the other shoe to drop? A question I’ve been asked my whole life.
Well I’ll tell you, and it took 10 years in a 12 Step program to educate me on why I’m the way I am.
Imagine being raised by wolves, but just not as well.
I’d come home from school every day not sure what I’d find.
Would my mother be blissfully in the kitchen baking, or in my room breaking my 45s over…
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March 21st, 2015 at 11:57 pm
there are parents who don’t deserve to have kids, sorry to know that yours were like that Susannah and I am glad that you shined despite that!
My heart goes out for these kids, who have to go through hell at an age when they should be loved, pampered, protected and nurtured! its ghastly!
March 22nd, 2015 at 2:38 pm
Thank you. And you’re right, ghastly is the right word.
March 23rd, 2015 at 1:08 am
If I had one wish to make I would have prayed to God that every child lives a happy life till his 20th or 21st birthday.
You have been through hell and you made it past! kudos!