Three of my favourites were Laura from Belgium, Kags and Tallaxo (my first male reader, or - at least - the first one to make himself known).
I used to imagine us all holding hands and tripping down the road together, helping each other up should any of us trip. I wrote this post back on Day 53: Follow the Sober Brick Road.
Anyhow, the Soberverse has many advantages, but one of its biggest downfalls is that people can disappear and you have no way at all of finding out if they're okay. You can't call a mutual friend, or go bang on their front door, or turn up at their workplace.
And, about six or seven months after we started hanging out together, at the end of last summer, one by one they disappeared. Like some Agatha Christie murder mystery. First Laura, then Kags, then Tallaxo.
I was bereft. And worried.
Then, about two months ago Laura came back! Back on the sober road after a few months on The Dark Side.
And yesterday I found this e-mail in my inbox (which the author has kindly agreed I can share with you):
Hi there SM,
I thought I would email you personally to let you know I’M BACK!
How are you gorgeous lady?
I’m sure you noticed that I completely dropped off the radar……around the end of August last year – and I’m also sure that you are well aware why....
I really don’t know why I decided that it would be a good idea to have just a couple of (rather lovely champagne cocktails no less) with my gorgeous friends at their delectable farmhouse last August. After reading Jason Vale and absolutely knowing that there is no just one etc etc - I rather dumbly assumed that I would be perhaps the exception to the rule (the same ridiculous thought that got me trapped in the first place!)
I have to admit that even after only 3 cocktails after 6 months of abstinence I was rather sick that night!! You would actually think that even if I had slipped up – being sick might have been enough for me to realise that my drinking days were done.... but before long then it was creeping back to ½ or ¾ bottle of red wine per evening. I can’t tell you how thoroughly disappointed I was, not only with myself but for also letting you down, so I crept off to oblivion.
Anyway that all stopped 28 days ago today. A lightbulb moment and a re-read of Jason’s book – a very long awaited catch up with your wonderful blog and a total resolution to stop being such a selfish moron.
I have to say although the actual act of stopping drinking was easier this time – as I knew in my head I had done it last year and not died from trying! The headaches I have had in the past few weeks have been thoroughly miserable. (I don’t recall getting them the last time) and rather than the euphoric feeling I had last year – I have felt very down this time. (crying / tiredness)
Love, love, love, and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back in the room :-)
Now all we need is Tallaxo (where are you, Tallaxo?) and we can put the band back together :-)
Love SM x