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Grapevine : August 2010
gluttony played a major role in the distorted maturation of my children, but especially my oldest daughter, who drank for the first time when she was 14. We found out, through the authorities who retrieved her, that she had been running through the streets of Paris at 4 A.M., appar- ently drunk, with several of her friends during a school field trip. Her mother and I were appalled and reacted in a very heavy-handed manner, but we both knew that the most beautiful petals had begun falling off our little flower. Within the next couple of years, my daughter watched my careful and deliberate drinking and mistook my legitimate drinking episodes for an endorsement of the habit. She did not have my years of experience and could not handle herself as well as I could under the influence, so her drinking continued to become more