[my grandmother told me] Luella (Billie) Small Verschoor, 1895 - 1990 my grandmother told me that money doesn't last and I won't remember raucous gin-soaked nights but only quiet times at home with those I love embracing now the final quarter how could I have questioned a grandmother's wisdom
Poem Notes: Speaking of gin-soaked nights, I have written previously of getting sober in 2012. My wife and I recently returned from a trip to Italy, and I wondered whether I would remain abstinent during that trip. Italy, after all, produces some of the world’s best wines. Long story short, I did remain abstinent. It turns out that for me, mineral water ‘con gas’ was an adequate substitute for wine. There is a belief in some recovery circles that if one starts drinking again, he or she very quickly returns to the low levels which caused him or her to seek treatment in the first place. In other words, it is not a slow descent but rather a rapid plunge. Fortunately, I did not test that theory. Cheers!
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