"In Al-Anon I learned what alcoholism was–a disease, not a disgrace.
My dad had it, and eventually I realized I had it, too.
I learned that my father had done the best he could with the tools he had.
That he hadn’t woken up each morning wondering how he could make my life worse.
That I couldn’t sit in blame or anger or hoping for a happier past.
I didn’t even need him to stop drinking.
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The Day Dad and I Didn't Meet the Mets -