This morning's run was absolutely glorious. We started at 5:15, in the pitch black morning - each of us with head lamps on. That is really my favorite part of the group runs. The trail was great, the scenery was nice, the weather was perfect. Cool, in the 50s, and cloudy. By the time I was done it was sunny and warm, but for most of it, I had the wonderful coolness to experience.
Then to my daughter-in-law's baby shower. It was fun. Two of her girlfriends hosted it - at she and my son's house. It was nice to see her interact with her friends. She is so shy and gets so nervous around me and the rest of the family, I don't feel that I know her at all. It was nice to see her relaxed and having a fun time with her friends. It was also cute to see all the gifts of little shirts, bibs, etc. that said "Daddy's Little Girl." I am so thrilled about my son becoming a father. The husbands came back later (they all went fishing during the shower) and it was great to see that house crawling with young couples with little tiny children. It is nice to see your children having good lives with good friends. Four years ago, he was in Iraq and I was so frightened about his future....
And now, it is the Sabbath. I am doing nothing, nada, zip. I will go to a meeting tomorrow morning and then to breakfast. And that is it. One of my friends is celebrating 25 years of sobriety. Imagine that! I have known him for a quarter of a century. He and I have loved each other and hated each other over the years. I once got so angry with him in a meeting, I stood up and threw my cup of coffee at him. Then I stormed out. He led a vote of the group conscience to have me banned from the meeting - that was long before the coffee throwing incident. And yet, we love each other. We were both "sicker than others." But we both wanted to stay sober and live by these principles, so we have long ago made amends for all the bad behavior (and there was a lot more than I have just described).
It reminds me of another old friend who used to always say "Everything works out if you live long enough." I only know one way to live long enough - and that is to stay sober. I intend to do that for another day, and I hope you all join me.