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Published January 2014.

Morning Again

Every day was exactly the same. Except one

I remember asking my mother what I was like as a child. She said that I was typical—inquisitive and like all other children—anxious to find out what made things tick.

Probably the biggest mistake of my life was to be curious about alcohol and to understand why people were so attracted to it. My father and mother drank, as did my grandfather and grandmother. I don't remember any teetotalers in the crowd. They would sit around and play cards or talk about the radical changes the world was taking and drink.

-- Eric A.

Orlando, Florida

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