Our wonderful friends Dan and Megan are so generous to let us use their cabin in Twain Harte several times a year. We are so grateful to them for sharing with us their little slice of “Heaven on Earth.”
A few weeks ago, my husband and I visited The Rock, a bar and burger place where we love to eat in Twain Harte, The home of the sign that was the inspiration for the name of my first book,
“FREE BEER TOMORROW.”
We sat there waiting for our dinner at 4:30 pm and looked over at the bar. All seats were filled and people already drinking. I was glad that I was not drinking at 4:30, which I had done in my drinking days, and, in fact, starting before that hour on many days! Actually, they were claiming their seats for the Warrior playoff game that would be on TV there at 6 pm. Good excuse to start drinking early, right?
We were there for the same reason. Except for the drinking part. Having an early dinner so we could get back to the cabin for the start of the game at 6 pm. No DVR, so we needed to get back and watch it live.
As we sat there, I thought about the fact that I had lived so many wonderful sober days since seeing that sign—5072 days to be exact. One day at a time. My husband, who has made me a little paper number I carry each day in my pocket for all of those days, commented on the sign,
“Well, it looks like the beer continues to be free. But not until tomorrow—still.”
In a little over a month, I will have 14 years of sobriety.
But I am counting the days and not the years—still.
Because my sobriety is a choice I make each day.
Every day. Today.
If I can do this, so can you.
“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”
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