March 2014: April 25
A son shares something very special with the dad he did not want to call
I grew up with five brothers and one sister. We played hard, went to school and tried not to get into trouble. When I was very young I didn’t know my dad was an alcoholic, but as I got older I sort of knew he went to these meetings. My mother was also an active Al-Anon member. They never told me about the program, even though they could see at a very early age that something was up. When I was 17 I was throwing drinking parties while they were away. Finally, when my dad had had enough, he gave me the option to follow the house rules or leave the house.