Gerry waited for me to test his sample. He was negative for the fifteen different drugs.
“Completely clean,” I said.
“Good to know,” he said.
“You don’t seem very happy about it.”
“I am, but it’s just one day. I still want to drink. I want to do half the drugs you test for.”
I laughed. “Gerry, wanting and doing are two different things. I’ve been sober twenty-eight years and every now and then I want a beer. I know easy-going folks who want to choke a co-worker. One of the most honest, ethical, people I know wants to rob a bank. He can tell you how he’d do it. If wanting and doing were the same thing, civilization would have ended long ago. Now if you told me you a had compulsion, or felt overwhelmed by a craving…”
Today I won’t be too concerned by my wants.
Needles Not For Knitting (c) 2016 by Ken Montrose
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