More straight talk because the holidays are coming

by singlemomseeking on November 20, 2009

When a blogger writes that kind of raw, vulnerable, here-I-am kind of post, you can’t help but stop what you’re doing and read on.

A couple of single parent bloggers have written like this recently about one particular subject: alcohol. Maybe these posts have struck me deeply because I’ve started to write more openly about my own history with alcoholism. These bloggers’ honesty makes me want to spread some empathy around. Will you join me?

Kristen at Better Now has been writing more about how alcohol has “caused so much destruction in so many facets of my life” — and what’s she’s doing to change this. (She rocked that recent half-marathon. Wow!)

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Then, Coach Bloggerfather of four (!) daughters — recently wrote about a very dark place he reached in his post, Tough To Admit.

It started with his 20th high school reunion this month. He’s now the coach of what was “one of the best football teams our school ever had.”

But rather than feeling excited to see old friends that night, he explains why he was down: the school’s team has not been as successful as it was in the past. “That was exactly the reason why I didn’t want go,” he writes. “While seeing old friends and sharing stories from the past was intriguing, having to answer questions on why our football team is now struggling was worth avoiding.”

Still, he went — and all of his friends bought drinks for him. All night.

He comes from a family in which alcoholism runs deep, and he writes very openly about how alcohol has affected him, how it turned that ” shy, insecure kid from high school” into a “funny, loud.. guy to be around.”

If you’d like to know what happened after Coach left that party — and how he dealt with the aftermath — you can read it all on his blog:

For now, I simply want to offer lots of support as he bravely faces some deep realizations. How many of us have been there?

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