12 years ago yesterday, I had my last drink, although I didn't know it at the time. It was at Frankie's (a bar in Toledo, and no it wasn't across from the depot, and I dont know any girl named Lucille) on the East Side where my band was playing and I wasn't going to be drinking that day... I found myself getting stoned before I recalled my pledge of that morning and well, from that point, it was on... again.
I didn't get to my first meeting until my 7th day sober, but again, I didn't know or believe I was an alcoholic, nor was I really sure I was quitting drinking and drugging. I was just trying to be helpful to my younger step bro (also named Scott) who REALLY had a problem. So, for a time he and I shared sobriety dates... But, I always call him on mine (even though his life has taken a different path from mine) to thank him for pointing me into my first AA meeting (along with my dad...)
So, today marks only another day, but it does have an old familiar memory to it, more so than on other days! Everything in my life depends upon me not taking that first drink. As enveloped as I become in all the other important things in my life, I must remember this!
HP, thank You for another day and for a sum total of exactly 12 years sober! I know that my relationship with You is numero uno and it is only through that relationship that I am able to grasp the gift of Grace that keeps me sober a day at a time. Everything good in my life has come from You, from Your love for me as Your Child. I pray that I might be able to pass some of that along to those I meet each day. Thank You to You and to all my AA friend and family online and off!
may the peace of our Lord be with you all...