Friday, July 03, 2009

Happy Independence Day

What a particularly meaningful day for recovering alcoholics!  Who can value independence more than a person who has lost it?  We, who have been slaves to alcohol, have a profound appreciation of freedom.  

A fabulous time was had by all at my house today.  What a thrill to see my big brother at my door.  And the rest of the family.  There were so many people in here.  There was so much food.  And most of it got eaten.  The kids liked the little hamburgers we made (sliders), and the adults went more for the bratwurst.  My brother enjoyed eating potato salad made from our mother's recipe.  

And this year, I get to not only be grateful for my sobriety, but also my daughter's.  She was thrilled to be a part of a family celebration. She has been so dysfunctional for so long that she has not even seen her favorite uncle for 12 years... or her cousin... and never met the little ones.  She had the best day.  What a thrill it is to watch her go through those early revelations of what sober life is.  Getting to be a part of a family again, etc.  

So, I wish I could serve you all up a piece of apple pie, with some vanilla ice cream on the side, but I can only give you a virtual piece.  

So, here is a virtual slice of apple pie in celebration of our independence from alcohol.  God Bless us, and God Bless America.  

12 comments:

Willa said...

God bless you, Mary Christine. May you have one wonderful Fourth of July.

Steve E. said...

Mary, reading your blog, I have to let you know, I'm just sitting here with a big, happy smile on my face. When a friend has such an awesome day as you describe, it makes all her friends happy also.

Thanks for staying up to post.

Christopher Paul Hastings said...

I would love some apple pie. Great blog! Thank the Lord I have my independence back today. My life just keeps getting better and better. Peace and Love,
chris

dAAve said...

And God blessed you, too.

I would love a piece of your apple pie and ice cream, but my weight seems virtually out of control.

Scott W said...

Virtual pie has no calories! Yea!

Happy 4th!

Trailboss said...

Look good! I am so glad for you, your family and most of all your daughter. What a blessing to have your sober daughter to be a part of it. I bet she had the best time of everyone.

Pam said...

I was thinking about M yesterday when you were writing about the family coming! I thought to myself "M" is going to get a chance to be "a part of" and I think we all remember how wonderful that felt when we first got sober.
I love that you made something for your brother....that mama made.

Tall Karen said...

Happy, joyous and FREE! The apple pie looks scrumptious. May God bless you and your family today. I'm smiling here too...

Ed G. said...

Not surprisingly, a fit theme for the day...

Happy to hear of your lovely and loving life.

Thanx for the pie - it was delicious - just sorry I can't reach another piece...

Blessings to you and yours...

Lou said...

You make your own crust..sheesh, I can't get the hang of that. It looks delicious.

Happy news, happy post. Yeah!

Prayer Girl said...

This virtual pie sure is delicious. Thank you so much for a slice -
Mary Christine.

Happy 4th,
PG

Syd said...

Just catching up on your blog. I'm so glad that you had a good day. It was an interesting one here. I'll post about it later. Hope that you enjoy your time on vacation. The pie looks delicious.