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Grapevine : March 2011
PRIOR to get- ting sober, my kids used to hide in the closet when I came home. I wasn't the greatest dad and was drink- ing constantly. Now I've just celebrated four years of sobriety and I am continually amazed at how good life is and continues to be. e small things in life contin- ue to amaze me. e other day my 9-year-old daughter came to me, excited that she had a loose tooth. I looked in wonder and noticed that the loose tooth was one that already had a silver cap on it. I told her that the Tooth Fairy gave out a lot of money for teeth with silver on them and that ex- cited her even more. She was hesitant to wiggle it to loosen it further, as it was hurting a bit, so I o ered to go get my pliers to help get it out. She resisted that idea and settled for eating an apple to help the cause. A er the apple was gone her tooth did fall out and she was looking forward to going to bed and putting the tooth under her pillow for the Tooth Fairy. at night we made a big deal out of it and put the tooth under her pillow in a little box. She went to sleep and several hours later I retired for the night. During those several hours it had slipped my mind to go play Tooth Fairy and I went to bed. Tooth and consequence things to my life, (the new girl- friend, the new job, the new house), but from taking things away. The whole program of Alcoholics Anon- ymous was teaching me how to get rid of things. All that mental sludge that made me feel so bad about myself and that drove me to create the wreckage of my past could be cleaned out, and the more diligent I was about this house cleaning, the more profound the happiness, joy and freedom I would experience. How simple is that? About 2,500 years ago Socrates said that, "The unexamined life is not worth living." Through the miracle of Alcoholics Anonymous I discovered not only the truth of that statement, but the means to carry it out. I came 52 March 2011