Sober Moms are the Best Moms. Why? My son answers… When I first met Laurie she was sound in her recovery, helping many others and working along side many great recovery advocates to help this movement. But the matter of the fact is that Laurie hasn’t always been that way. Laurie is a recovering alcoholic just like many out there, and had some dark days just like the rest of us. One of the biggest things I hear my friend Laurie talk about is how she got sober when her son, Jack, was five years old. Jack is now twelve.
But you may ask, “What does Jack have to say about all of this?” You may say Jack was too young to remember his mother’s active alcoholism. He was only five when she started changing right? Well, Jack says otherwise. Jack, 12, remembers some pretty life changing stuff. But, the biggest thing Jack remembers is the day his mother got sober. Here’s what Laurie’s son, Jack, has to say about having a sober mom, just for today:
“What does it mean to me, to have a sober mom? It means two things very important to me, as her son. Those things are only described by two words: Loving and awesome! But, how does loving and awesome impact my life as her child? Let me tell you!
My life is filled with happiness when I don’t have a mother who drinks. This happiness is something I cannot replace. Why? Because it’s my mom, that’s why!
There are so many cool things that happens when my mom doesn’t drink. But, something that means the most to me impacts my life (and hers) in a healthy way… When my mom is sober she is always loving to me. They say you feel warm when you drink, but I think my mom is warmer to me when she is sober! That’s my mom!
The truth is that she isn’t mad about silly things anymore. She just isn’t mad with much of anything anymore, and that’s another reason why my sober mom is loving and awesome. Let me tell you why…
I feel like when people drink it can sometimes make them mad. That’s not my mom now though, because my mom is a sober mom! A sober mom means “awesome” to me because sometimes when some people drink it makes them stressed out. Now that my mom doesn’t drink it makes her so much happier, and less stressed. This what having a sober mom means to me!”
As you can see, children do remember a lot about alcoholism and how it effects the family. But, what better? They remember the good times that Laurie had given him, how she had changed for the better, and how she is, “Loving and awesome.” Thinking about it, in all it’s truth and glory, children do notice the change. They notice the good moments more than anything else. This goes to prove that getting sober isn’t just worth it for you, but for your family, too.
So let’s all thank Jack for sharing about his mother’s sobriety. It couldn’t have been easy, and there must have been a lot of feelings from the age of 5-12. But one thing holds true with this, and it’s that recovery generates love within yourself—for Laurie—and within those around you—her son and family. This is truly a tale that pulls on the heart string, and if you ever wanted to know how proud your children are of you for getting and staying sober? Here is a true testimonial for that purpose.
And to leave this sobering tale in much anticipated closure, a word from Laurie herself:
“Almost 8 years ago, at this hour of the morning (10:30 am), I was already knee deep in the mess of alcoholism. It felt like I was trying to breath while underwater.
Fast forward to today and you will see what recovery has enabled me to do. It has not been easy letting go and surrendering, but it’s so worth it! If I can do it so can you.
No one should have to suffer with addiction.
I will run on April 18 for all of those still sick and suffering, for those that have lost their battle like my Uncle Joe and my cousin Tony, I will run for our children who have no choice in the matter.
There is much hope to be had and I want to share the strength of recovery every step of this race. In the Boston Marathon 2016, I will be running for recovery! See more of my journey—> ‘HERE’“
Thanks Laurie. Thanks Jack! May strength be with you both on this recovery road.
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