From the December 1993 magazine.

A Father Forgives Himself

The road to sobriety is not an easy one. It wasn't for me. God in his wisdom planted several disturbing realities in my path so I could come to terms with the fact that I am an alcoholic, and that to continue drinking would ultimately be the death of me.

The upcoming birth of our second child was the beginning of the end of my drinking career. I didn't see it that way at the time. I perceived it as a celebration where I could spend a few days at home baby-sitting our two-year-old son Jamie, while wallowing in the forty-proof waters of my favorite pastime. For after all, I helped create the new child coming into our lives, didn't I? Shouldn't I be rewarded, patted on the back for a job well done?

-- Mike McP.

Fort McMurray, Alberta

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