I am currently pursuing a possible relationship with a woman. That is not new to me. What is new is that I am considering my progeny. I am getting ahead of myself. I haven’t even met this person of interest. But I am suddenly in the position to consider my life choices. Well, I have been doing this for myself, but not for many people outside of myself. I want to make this right. If I am to have offspring, and a role to play in their lives beyond progenitor, I will drink no alcohol until the youngest turns 16.
Alcohol has done much harm in our family. Well, it’s not alcohol’s fault. Alcohol is not a person, and it’s people’s faults. But this goes much further than my own parents. It’s generations over generations of well… anyway. The way I consume alcohol is not what I want to pass on. As soon as I (i e. My life partner and I) have a child, I am joining AA. Because I can’t drink responsibly. Children learn from action, not from words.