Saturday night witching hour…

Before I ask how everyone is going resisting the pull to drink tonight, I want to feature this update that member ‘sodapop’ posted this afternoon. It gave me shivers, and made at least one other member cry.

From soda pop: “This is a long shot. A really, really long shot. But…here goes. This is obviously a place where many who have struggled with alcohol congregate. So this is a shout out to a very special lady. I don’t know your name or anything about you. But back in 2009, you saw me in a mall carpark in Chch one weekend morning. I was in my car, tipping wine from a wine bottle into a plastic drink bottle. Camouflage, pure and simple. You came over to my car, and asked if I was OK. You told me that you used to do exactly what I was doing. You asked me to go and have a coffee and a talk. I said no – too embarrassed, too scared. I drove away (sober, thankfully). I wish I could say this was my turning point. It wasn’t – it took nearly two more years for me to quit. But, now I have – my last drink was on 16 May 2011. And I never forgot this woman’s kindness. So, if you happen to have found your way to this site – thank you. You made more of a difference than you will ever know.”

This is so very powerful. How wonderful that sodapop has now been sober for over 3 years, and how wonderful was that woman who approached the car all those years ago. Here’s hoping we can match them up, but if not at least we can all reflect on her kindness and the truth that she so clearly knew back then .. we all need each other.

Now… how’s everyone going this Saturday evening….?

6 Comments
  1. Twinkle 6 years ago

    That’s a wonderful story and I hope she connects with her. People are kind if we allow ourselves to be open to kindness. Last week a lady at an AA MEETING I attend, who I’ve never spoke too, by the way. Gave me a knitted pink square she had made, she told me she had put prayers in for me. What did I do? Promptly, burst into bloody tears! Over a pink knitted granny square. I keep that thing with me like a blankey and will for a long time. Xxx

  2. freebreezi 6 years ago

    wow, powerful story and I have tears in my eyes. Sodapop thanks for sharing your story. And thanks for reminding us it’s worth it. Need to hear that now and again.

  3. Jules 6 years ago

    Hi All,

    I’ve made it thru the dangerous hours one more time. Yippee. I’m home and hosed once I’ve got dinner on the plate. Had a hugely busy day and didn’t get home until 5.30 so that helped. Happy sleeps tonite everyone.

  4. claire64 6 years ago

    oh golly, yes I remember not so long ago doing the similar. vodka and juice into my water bottle. bit ashamed now.

  5. sodapop 6 years ago

    Thank you Mrs D for posting my story. And yes – the support of those who have been through this is so powerful!
    Wishing everyone a safe, happy and sober Saturday night. For those in the early days, please know that it does get easier. And it IS worth it.

    • Rowena 6 years ago

      that’s amazing. What a lovely thing to read before I head to bed (sober)

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