Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Sober, baby!



Hello, my darling readers. What I have to say may shock you. No, even more than discovering that your new Kate Spades are locked up in the concierge's office. Even more than discovering that that unidentified object you just picked up off the carpet is a toxic frog. (Could I make these up? They happened, I swear! To real people that I know! But I would never actually name La Belette Rouge and Mama Zen. The torture masters of the inquisition couldn't pry their identities from my lips.)


But I digress.


Most of you know me only as the quietly pious girl I am today. But once, I was a sloppy, out of control, raging alcoholic. At 28, after ten years of addictive drinking, I was in extremely bad shape. I found AA in the telephone book and went to a meeting. And then little fairies cascaded down from the clouds riding bluebirds and I lived happily ever after. Okay, so I made that last part up. The truth is, every time I would get about six months sobriety, I would go back out again. It took me until I was 30 to have my last drink to date. That was on a September 29th, which makes today my sobriety anniversary.


I have raised a child, sober. I have been married and divorced, sober. I have come out and been outed, sober. Thank you, Goddess. You and me, right Babe?


I just wanted to tell all of you my happy news. Raise a diet Coke for me, won't you?


xo


Fireblossom

29 comments:

Mama Zen said...

Diet Cokes for everybody!

Congratulations, Shay. It couldn't happen to a more spectacular girl.

signed...bkm said...

Ah, Congrat's Shay...but that will a Diet Pepsi..best to you...bkm

ellen abbott said...

You are most excellent Shay. Congratulations.

faye said...

Congrats Shay !!!!
Hope you don't mind if I hoist a can
of classic coke instead .... Just the word diet
makes me tremble.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Congratulations! You are even more fantastic than I already thought! Make mine a diet Pepsi, please!

Riot Kitty said...

Yahoo!

TALON said...

Congratulations, Shay! I hate diet and colas, but I will raise a glass of A & W Rootbeer!

Lynn said...

I am proud of you, Shay - congratulations!

steveroni said...

Congratulations, higher Power...oh! And you too, Shay! 25 years. That IS impressive. You don't intend to keep this up, DO you?--big, big grin!

mac said...

From one drunk to another, Happy anniversary !

I went on a date with a nice lady a couple weeks ago. It was our second date. She had a martini.
Whn she kissed me goodnight, I tasted the booze.

Yanno what? It turned me off a little. There was no third date.

Lydia said...

Glory Be and Bless the Goddess! I am so happy to have read this while it is still your sobriety birthday. Is this #25? My #25 is Oct. 15 so we celebrate together in the autumn. I will be taking myself on my annual solo overnight beach trip. I hope you did something special for yourself today in commemoration of the most important day in your life.

Cloudia said...

And you liberated that great poetess too!


Bless you, dear friend



warmest Aloha from Honolulu

Comfort Spiral

Lisa said...

That's really awesome, gets better and better, doesn't it? Things sound pretty sweet for you. Congratulations xx ODAT ~ from a friend of Bill W.

Shadow said...

you are a superstar in my eyes!!! well done!

Scarlet Ily said...

A round of frosty diet Cokes for all of us! :)

This post made me smile. I'm proud to call you my friend, Chica.

Fireblossom said...

Thank you so much! Listen, you rabble, ALL soft drinks and coffee are welcome at this party! LOL.

One of the sweet things about being sober, for me, is that I get to have friends and be a friend. I treasure every one of you.

Um...I cannot believe that NO ONE challenged my assertion that I am "quietly pious." LOL!

Daryl said...

I'll pass on the soda and raise my coffee cup to you ... here's to you, my dear .. and many many more anniversaries to come!

steveroni said...

"NO ONE challenged my assertion that I am 'quietly pious.'..."

Was waiting to hear you 'roar' (or purrrr) about your special HUMILITY!

(Hope you heard me LOL!)

Sara said...

Shay -- While I didn't know your history, I have picked up on I suppose from your poetry. Either that, or I'm somehow psychic...NOT!!!

You can't see me right now, but I am lifting my can of coke (I hate diet coke) to the screen. There will be a short pause as I speak my words.

To Shay...one of the most courageous women I know. You have fought hard to be YOU and I am proud to know you:~)

Happy anniversary.

Cheryl said...

From one who understands this journey a bit, I raise my Diet Coke high to you and your HP. I'm sorry I'm late.

9,126 (+3 or 4 for leap years) days at a time is damn fine.

Marion said...

I'm raising my Diet Cherry Dr. Pepper to you. Cheers and congrats on your sobriety. I grew up surrounded with alcoholics, so I know how monumental your accomplishment is. Love & Blessings!

rebecca said...

To go through all of life's unexpected curves without sipping one drink, here's to you, babe.....i'm raising a glass of diet coke right now....

moondustwriter said...

You are a strong pious gal

Proud of you my friend

round of DC on me

Moonie hugs

Jannie Funster said...

Sept. 29th. Amazing. God going!! you've been sober a long long time. Congrats.

xo

La Belette Rouge said...

Oh, lovely Tiger-friend, I am so happy for you. If I knew it was your sobriety birthday I would have baked you a cake. I hope you are VERY proud of yourself. Well I am!!! And, sweet friend, I thank you for the reminder that I still haven't spring my Kate Spade shoes from the box. I am off to pop open a Diet Coke and open the shoes and I shall toast your sobriety. HUGE HUGS and MUCH LOVE to you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Mojo said...

Okay, so I didn't get as caught up as I thought I would on reading and commenting. But I wanted to make sure I got to THIS post because damn, that ROCKS girl! That's a bunch of days in a row... one at a time.

I am so damn proud of you I could cry.

(But if I get into Wendy's diet coke stash I'm-a be in trouble. So I'll stick with my ginger ale if it's all the same to you.)

Keep coming back!

cinderkeys said...

Happy anniversary. You write great poetry sober.

Jingle said...

Happy Belated anniversary.

Shark Butt said...

Happy belated anniversary! Raising my coffee to you.