Tuesday, June 29, 2010

10 things I will tell my children about my drinking

1* Drinking made me sick. Almost every time I drank more than 3 or 4 I threw up. It didn't phase me. It is gross to throw up and not care.
2*I fell once while in college and hurt my hip. I had to limp to class and that hip is STILL ornery when I run.
3*Drunk dialing/emailing/texting cannot be fixed in the morning.
4*My dad's drinking scared me when I was growing up. There IS a family history of drinking problems on our family.
5*I tried to quit 3 times before December 16, 2008
6*I always thought I could handle more than I could.
7*I was part of a drinking organization in college and took part in hazing. It was very dangerous and I am grateful nothing happened.
8*I didn't know people could have fun and let loose without drinking. No one ever told me that and I didn't witness it at home.
9*Often internal controls told me what I was doing was wrong and I ignored them. I should have paid more attention.
10*My years of drinking bring me great sadness.

What will you tell your children?
Happy Tuesday~


Robin said...

I will definitely stress #8 from your list. My hope is that my kids will be able to have fun in their adult life without drinking/drugs. Oh, it's such a long road to get there, huh?

Anonymous said...

I can relate to your post. WOW, That is a great list. I don't have kids, but just reading that list make you think. We are all alike in so many ways. drinking made us all people we didn't like, or want to be like!

Anonymous said...

I can relate to #4. Oh the memories. Thank the Lord my dad has now been sober 22 years but I'm so very aware of how drinking in front of your kids can affect them. Even if you're not doing anything foolish or scary, they just know when you're even buzzed.
I'm turning 40 in two weeks and I'm giving myself (and my family) the gift of sobriety.
I love your blog and I'm looking forward to reading it often for inspiration on my journey!

mommaof3 said...

Jen- thanks for posting.... I think you are giving yourself and your family a most fabulous 40th birthday present!!!

Robin- I still have to remind myself sometimes....and I've even done a lingerie shower sober.....yes I did!

I was remembering 4th of July, 2005. I wasn't totally drunk, but I was feeling no pain. I remember trying to assemble a red, white and blue cake with my then 2 year old. I don't know what she was thinking but it makes me sad. And I am so extremely grateful that from now on even when I don't know what my kiddos are thinking I DO know they will be seeing the real me. The sober me. The me that loves them more than the vodka.

there IS hope!

Em said...

This list is identical to mine. Thank you for sharing because I needed to think about that today. Amazing how we can relate without ever meeting.