A family crisis had set my head spinning. And what was that ringing in my ears? I found the answer at Al-Anon. Recovery isn't always pretty. It's more a maze than a path. I invite you to join me on my search for serenity.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Heartfelt thanks to Technobabe for this award. I feel honored and humbled at the honor. Technobabe's blog is one of my favorites, and richly deserving of an award called "Honest Scrap." If you haven't yet found it, don't waste another minute. I found this post particularly moving.
The rules are to link back to Technobabe, share seven things about myself you might not know, and pass this award on to other bloggers.
Here are my seven things:
1. I grew up with 30 cats. Most of them lived in a guest house out back. We called it the cat house.
2. As a kid, I loved the TV show "The Lone Ranger." When I was six, I announced that I was leaving home to move "out West." We lived in California. My step dad wanted to know what they were teaching me in school.
3. I'm probably the worst bowler in the history of the game, but my grandfather was a famous bowler. He is in the bowling hall of fame and was once voted the best bowler of the first half of the century. His business partner in the bowling alley he built in 1940 was silent film star Harold Lloyd. The facade of the building still stands (it's considered historic for its architectural style), though it now contains condos.
4. I've lived in 17 cities in seven U.S. states and one foreign country.
5. When I was in high school, my boyfriend gave me a gold, S-chain necklace. I wore it until I got married to my current (second) husband a little more than seven years ago. While I have no problem moving on (see #4 above), I have a harder time letting go.
6. My mother used to take me to Dodgers games. A friend of hers had season tickets for box seats along third base. To this day, I can't think of baseball without remembering her.
7. When I feel sad, I like to watch "Anne of Green Gables." It always makes me feel better.
One of the things I love about reading these awards on other blogs is that they introduce me to new friends.
I'm going to pass this award on in recognition of posts that have moved me with their artistry, honesty and mettle. Had I not gotten this from Technobabe, the post I linked to above would certainly be on this list. Here are two others:
In Al-Anon, it's tradition to greet the newcomers by sharing a little of our story. Click on the link below to read my Al-Anon welcome to you. The Statement of Purpose describes my intentions for this blog.
I'm a journalist, wife, mother and, most recently, grandmother. I grew up in an alcoholic home and had heard people say that "alcoholism is a family disease," but never knew what that meant. I didn't believe I had been affected by other people's alcoholism. In Al-Anon, I learned differently. More importantly, I learned tools to deal with it.