Life Marches On

Hey, friends. I’ve been thinking about you! It’s been five months since my last blog post. The past several months have been eventful – bringing extremes of emotion, as life is wont to do.

In March, one of my nephews passed away. He had struggled for years, both with depression and alcoholism. You might say it was a shock, but not a surprise. There’s nothing remotely natural about a parent burying a child. My sister and her family will never be the same. Ironically, my nephew knew he needed help – and had scheduled an appointment for IOP (Intensive Out Patient). The appointment date? The day his body was found by his brothers.

So sad and tragic and unnecessary. It just emphasizes the point that, if you’re struggling, STOP TODAY. Time is of the essence. This may be your last chance.

Our family has also recently celebrated my husband’s retirement from 39 years as a teacher, coach, and advisor. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions for him, and I’ve been holding his hand and walking through this experience with him. We’re both so excited about the changes in our lives his retirement will bring, especially once I go back to school in the fall. I keep joking that I’ll have a wife – somehow I don’t think he’s as amused by that as I am….

Our youngest daughter and her husband are buying their first home, which is super exciting. Things seems to be looking up for them, after some rocky times and struggles.

We’re enjoying our four granddaughters and the ensuing happy chaos so, so much – and there’s another precious little one on the way next spring!

My sobriety has been a constant through all the tears and laughter – God willin’ and the creek don’t rise, I’ll have four years next month. It’s just part of who I am now – and I hardly ever miss it.  I have to admit, there are very brief flashes of – longing? Jealousy? Resentment? Typically, I don’t think about it much any more. I’m still active in my private Facebook group – I check in and read posts daily but don’t comment much.

I don’t intend to drink, ever again. I try not to think about “forever,” though.  That’s a little too daunting and overwhelming.  But for today, I’m good. Not gonna drink.

How about you?

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9 thoughts on “Life Marches On

  1. I am so sorry about your nephew. I have a niece I am concerned about, but she is revisiting any kind of help.
    I am a retired teacher, and have a blog over here! http://tipsynomore.blogspot.com
    Teachers rock! Congratulations to your hubs! Mine just put in his retirement notice, but they don;t want him to go.
    It can be a big adjustment. It took me a couple of years to get used to a different pace!
    xo
    Wendy

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    • Thank you for your kind thoughts… I hope your niece can find sobriety, sooner rather than later. I visited your blog – your story really touched my heart. My husband was planning on retiring next year. His school district offered a very generous retirement incentive to save money in the long run. He couldn’t say no! He’s planning on subbing a couple of days a week when school starts again. Did you retire completely? Do you sub or do other work?

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