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River of Shadows

Sometimes it is in the darkest places that the light is most visible

"Honey, why do you drink like that? Why can't you just have a few and come home? Why do you have to get drunk?" The raw anguish in my wife's voice cut into my consciousness like a hot knife.

It was the same question I had heard over and over through the drinking episodes I had splattered like rotten tomatoes across the two decades of our marriage. And my answer was just the same as it had always been: "I just don't know. I'm so sorry but I just don't know."

"I just feel like I'm lost, like I've lost my way and am in the wilderness somewhere and can't seem to find my way... Login to read more
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