i don’t need three stinking wishes

Used 2013-08-28 Smell the Dream (AlKHall Anonymous sobriety recovery)
My daughter and i were on our backs, adrift in a boat in the middle of a lake watching shooting stars. She counted more than me and that made me feel the kind of good only a father can feel. Then she said,

Soon I’ll run out of things to wish for!

Reminding me i’d forgotten to wish on the stars i’d already watched fall! What a waste of falling stars!

So i cranked up my diligence on star watching (“I’m not superstitious, but I’m a little stitious,” The Office) and prioritized my wishes. i have a crush on a girl, should i wish for that to come true? Wait, what about my kids. My daughter’s going through a tricky period but i can’t wish on her before my son so can i wish for both of them at once? Can i just wish for everything in life to work out best for everyone?

Then it hit me. i only need one wish.

i wish that my sobriety lasts.

If that one comes true, then all the rest will come true, too.



About Al K Hall

Like a battered drinker or a punch drunk boxer, i am here for another round. For those of you who don’t know me, i’m a semi-professional writer on the rocks and a non-practicing alcoholic (if after 30 years of practicing, you still can't do something well, it's best to just give it up). For those of you who do know me, thanks for stopping by anyway and where’s the ten bucks you owe me? Welcome to my Bar None. A hole in the wall where we can hang out and trade the kind of stories you swap only when you’ve had one too many and either can’t find your way home or are afraid to. Hell, it’s cheaper than therapy and plus the pictures are prettier. Here we’ll crack open bottles and jokes and ‘last call’ are the only dirty words you’ll never hear. Pull up a stool and make yourselves at home.

Posted on August 28, 2013, in Alcoholism, Recovery and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Terrific post. Just great, thank you.

  2. Yeah! Al is back! I’ve missed you!

    Sounds like vacation was awesome, and this is a great post!

  3. Hey Al! Good to have you back! Sounds like vacation was awesome. And a great post, and so true! Everything works out as long as we stay sober! – love the star watching with your daughter. Very cool 🙂

  4. That is a really nice sentiment. 🙂 I am newly sober and trying to focus on the positive. I have been reading your archives and really appreciate your honesty. Reading has been a lifesaver so far! Best, Jen

    • Hi Jen!

      Thanks for visiting. i’m glad you were able to find a little something here that makes sense. i’m just here sharing these little bytes of and morsels of truth.

      Keep coming back,

      Al K Hall

  5. Hi there. Hope you had a great vaca. Your pics never fail to amuse.

  6. Nice. It will. Welcome back xxx

  7. I was thinking about you the other day, and then boom! you posted. I love that. Missed ya, brother. Glad you’re back 🙂

    As for the post – it reminds me of what a speaker once said and that is the central miracle in our lives is that we don’t drink when we want to, and from that, all other miracles come. Seems like you figured that one out already 🙂


  8. May your wish come true! :))

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