15. Don’t Look Now…
Marjorie was a petite soccer mom with a ready smile. In addition to her addictions to alcohol and Xanax, she struggled with depression and anxiety. She shocked the group by saying to DUI Dave that she’d like to ‘punch him in the face.’ I reminded her that threats weren’t allowed in group, and she apologized.
She said to Dave, “If you close your eyes to who you really are, you can’t see the threat you pose to everyone else. You don’t want to see you’re an alcoholic, so you drive around drunk, not seeing clearly – figuratively and literally -- the other people on the road. One of these days you’re gonna kill someone. Then you’ll say it’s not my fault, I’m an alcoholic. Then you’ll see you opened your eyes too late.” Again, Dave said nothing.
Today I will face the world with eyes wide open.
Sober Not Somber © 2015 by Ken Montrose
(Just a reminder: Sober Not Somber is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone you might know is purely coincidental.)