I’m having extreme business due to the time of year, plus the fact that Carole and I are having our attic finished. Not finished like heated, but finished like having the ceiling and walls completed. I love attics. My love started with my grandparents’ attic where I found relics of my mother’s and her siblings’ past. I’m also horribly sentimental when it comes to objects and clothing. I also did not know, until it was way past too late, that I would have only two children. I always wanted more.
So when my daughter outgrew things I packed them up. When my son was born I went through them and took out everything a boy could use. The girls things, the majority of her things, went back into packing. Then my best friend had three boys, and most of the my son’s things got passed on to her, but the girl things remained and I have moved them across the country and back again. I’m now finding box after box of pristine girl clothes, more than 25 years old.
I’m also finding relics of my own from before then. There are many of my papers and tests from college, from 1982 and 1983, the years before I stopped drinking. Failed tests, terrible papers. Then a sonogram from May 1, 1985, my first sober anniversary. I was five months pregnant.
In general it is a terrible idea to get married and pregnant your first year of sobriety, and the marriage was truly a bad idea and didn’t work out. The kids, or course, I cannot regret. And a part of me wonders if I didn’t need that life change to finally get sober and stay sober. At times I used to feel guilty, like I was faking sobriety somehow because I got pregnant, then was a mother, and that’s why I didn’t drink. At the same time I know that many women got pregnant and became a mother and did continue to drink.
As I’m writing this, my work partner is texting me regarding our combined gift to our staff. We have 40 people we supervise now, more than ever, and 88 clients, more than ever. My attic is getting cleaned and my wife and son (and dog) want to go with me to see my daughter, who wants to see us! Carole and I have been legally married for one year today. Wonders never cease.