The theme for this week's MckLinky Blog hop is 'Three Things You Did Not Know About Me'. Some of you know me and some do not. So, if this is 'old news' then you'll just have to take a walk down memory lane now won't you? *grin*
ONE: I lived in foster care from the time I was 13 until I graduated from high school. I actually had three different sets of foster parents during that time. All were great. I'm so grateful that I ended up WHERE I did WHEN I did. My mom is an alcoholic and was just not able to be a good parent. I'm who I am today because people cared enough to step in and help out a good kid in a bad situation. I can't be thankful enough for those of you who choose to foster children.
TWO: I used to be a bartender. Which is funny...considering the information I shared in item number one. You'd think I'd avoid alcohol like the PLAGUE, considering that my mother had such issues with it. Not me, nope! I decided that I wanted to find out once and for all if I was going to have issues with drinking. So...I threw myself into the deep end of the pool. I figured if I could work in a bar and not drink too much then I'd have my answer to that question.
What happened? Eh, I drank too much a few times and didn't like the hangovers. I watched people get drunk and show an excess of stupidity. I was assaulted by a drunk guy fresh out of prison who got mad when I cut him off. (I ended up being just fine by the way so no worries.) I dated a couple of bozos, because meeting someone in a bar is always a good idea...NOT. (I also met the father of my middle child but that's an entirely different tale to tell for another day.) But, at the end of it all, I discovered something about myself. I am thankfully NOT an alcoholic. I can have a drink or two and not have it own me. And for that, dear friends, I am truly and honestly more grateful than I can ever say.
THREE: I married a recovering alcoholic...which is funny, considering the information I shared in items one and two. *grin* I swore that I would NEVER EVER be with an alcoholic after what I went through with my mom. Then I met my husband, who I never thought would BE my husband. He was such a good friend and someone I could talk to about anything. He snuck his self right into my heart without me noticing at first. When I did, I was very clear that I would not marry an alcoholic. He just doesn't listen. I tell you...that MAN. *giggle*
In all seriousness though, my husband has been sober for 6.75 years now and no one could be more of him than I am. He taught me how to trust. He taught me what a healthy and loving relationship is and without him...well, I just can't imagine what life would be like without him. Good thing he is more stubborn than I am! (I love you baby.)
Yep, I know. This was a serious post...more so than I planned. These things were on my heart and I just felt like I needed to share them. I LOVE these MckLinky Blog Hops...they get me into all sorts of thinking and reflecting and I'm so grateful!