From the December 2018 magazine.

The best gift

How an old makeshift tree on brown butcher paper reminded him of the most important things in life

I’ve been feeling a little off the beam this holiday. I hit a little bit of depression because I don’t have money this year to buy any gifts.

I took two guys into a detox yesterday and they both called drinking the “best feeling in the world.” I remember that. If I don’t have a better feeling than that when I’m sober, I’m vulnerable to going back out to that old “best feeling in the world.” 

-- D.C. Dave

Springfield, Virginia

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