Monday, March 15, 2010

Cupcakes for a 10 year old

We will be celebrating my oldest granddaughter's tenth birthday tonight at my house. She will be ten on Friday, but this is the night that we can get together over here. So I baked cupcakes last night. Pink sprinkles. Cute. It is hard to believe it is ten years since the world seemed to be full of the promise that it seems to be full of when there is the miracle in a family of a perfect baby with ten fingers and ten toes and bright eyes and pink cheeks. The last ten years have aged us all at least 20 years - I think even the ten year old is older than ten.

Generation upon generation upon generation of perfectly wonderful people almost (or in some cases totally) destroyed by alcoholism.... oh, there is heartbreak.

And then there is hope. Today there is hope.

Today that sweet little baby, who is going to be ten, has a sober mama. Her mother is sober for fourteen months. Some day I hope she (and everyone else) will come to trust this woman's sobriety - and the scars of the pain she has inflicted will heal. It will take time. Her grandmother (that would be me) is sober for two and a half times longer than she has even been alive and she has no clue that is even an issue - thank God.

I recall that a bunch of old people in AA used to say that "Time takes time." Well, yeah. And if you don't drink, you won't get drunk. Etc. They used to say brilliant things like that.

Here's what I am most grateful for today -- Time takes time, it is true. I am grateful that I got to live long enough to see some of these things change.

By the Grace of God. By the Grace of God.

9 comments:

dAAve said...

That's great, MC.

Annette said...

Happy Birthday little one. Thank God she has you MC and thank God her momma found sobriety for today.

chitowngreg said...

Sounds like you've got a lot to celebrate! Another favorite old saying is that you get a lot more time in if you don't drink between meetings!! Have a good one!!!

Kim A. said...

I know my mother thinks that knowing 3 of her 4 grandchildren have never seen her drunk is one of the greatest blessings for her. Birthdays and cupcakes are always a time for giggles and gratitude!

♥namaste♥

Ed G. said...

I understand. I really do.

Congrats to daughter and grands!

Blessings and aloha...

Syd said...

Happy birthday to your granddaughter. I hope that she will not have to deal with more alcoholism. But it is truly one day at a time.

Garnet said...

A happy birthday to your granddaughter. Ten is big.

Sober Steve said...

Thanks for sharing this, I needed to hear that,, Time takes time

Trailboss said...

There is nothing better than a grandchild's birthday. Come to think about it there is not much better than a grandchild in any form. I am happy for you and your daughter to be setting such a good example for her. My Abby just turned 5 last week. Where does the time go?