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From the January 2017 magazine. First printed in December 2016.

What is happiness?

A son’s question on an autumn day reminds a sober dad just how far he’s come

This fall, I was raking the lawn and my 22-year-old son, Nico, was bagging leaves for me. At one point, he asked me, “Does raking make you happy?”

My initial thought was, Just stuff the leaves in the freaking bag. But knowing my son to be truly sincere, contemplative, and, at times, provocative, I also knew that he really wanted to know. Before I share how I answered him, I’d like to flashback to “what it was like.”

As a teen alcoholic, I was...

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