By Jack Erdmann
To a newly sober individual, the realm could be a scary position. engaging messages approximately alcohol, cigarettes, intercourse, and extra threaten newfound sobriety, whereas chemical comforts not provide a well-recognized get away course. In his sequel to his acclaimed autobiography Whiskey's childrens, Jack Erdmann deals a hauntingly sincere account of his first days of sobriety. A Bar on each nook offers vital navigational bearings for secure passage throughout the risks of early restoration.
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My dog is Louise. I let her come up to my room and sniff around. I watch her snifﬁng the huge, empty bed and see myself lying on it at three in the morning with my neck tight and the air full of terror. I wonder how far away from the rest of the house my room will be at night. When I think about night, it ﬂoats in my head like a phantom storage locker at the bus station. I’d best go downstairs. I’ll cook. Nobody’s home but Steve. ” “Oh. ” The living room has a couch and there are curtains on the windows.
It’s a ﬁne name, and it suits her. I turn on the television anyway. Phil comes in at ﬁve-thirty. He barely looks at me. He’s got a heavy suitcase and he takes it up to his room. The door closes ﬁrmly. Mike comes in at six-ﬁfteen. “Hi, Mr. ” “Oh, right. ” “Sure it is. ” “Yeah. ” “I’m gonna cook something. ” “Nah. I’ve got some homework; then I’ve got to go out. Hey, if I get any calls . ” He picks up the living room phone. ” Phil’s friend comes to the door around seven. His name is Matt, he’s at least six-three, and he looks like hell.
He turns around and peers at me through the crowd. His face owlish with glasses and shoulderlength hair. I slowly walk up to him with my hand out. I’m digniﬁed now. I have the dignity of an invalid. I have to be careful what I say. “Hi, Dad. ” “Really well. ” Pause. “I’m through with it, Steve. ” I haven’t let go of his hand. ” We drop our hands. ” “Great, Dad. ” 15 A Bar on Every Corner “Sure. ” There’s a pause in his face like frost. “Yeah, Dad. ” Shit! I did it wrong. Shit! I should have gone over and hugged him.
A Bar On Every Corner: Sobering Up in a Tempting World by Jack Erdmann