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   YOU DON   T DR INK  A collection by Lauren Wilson
You Don   t Drink
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A book of memories, thoughts, and healing.  3
al  co  hol  ism    alk  h    liz  m   noun noun  alcoholism an addiction to the consumption of alcoholic liquor or the me...
What I Remember When I Realized What You   ve Done When You Leave  5  p7 p 13 p 23 p 29
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What I Remember  7
You were always invited, but we weren   t interesting enough and everything was an inconvenience. When you stop doing life...
I will let my children climb from my ankles to my neck because I know how it feels to be shrugged off of the one who is su...
We make you look good, like a few circus horses. Lead us around the ring and let the crowds gawk. We   re the best thing y...
Do you remember shutting me in my room when the sun went down and keeping me from my mother  I   m sure you heard the shri...
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When I Realized  13
It hit you hardest the next morning. So hard that you   d spend most of your weekend on the couch taking up space. It wasn...
You looked like a child home sick from school. Spread out the length of the couch with a pillow, blanket, and your hands c...
You made promises to hold us over. Said you would bring us home the things we wanted so you could be the fun parent. We da...
You thought a pizza would suffice. You thought it would make up for missing dinners and excuse you for the last 12 hours o...
You would do anything to be a friend. Constantly helping others but having no regard for what your family needed. Willing ...
You did it for the laughs. Putting on a show for anyone who would watch. Acting like someone you were not. Seeking attenti...
A man who avoided commitment never recognized his most consistent routine. It was enough to ruin a family. You never chang...
When did you decide to stop being a parent  Was it before we were here or after you realized you would have to be responsi...
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What You   ve Done  23
I don   t make it home often anymore. When I do, you ask if I want to grab a beer. How do I politely say, alcohol tastes l...
When I came home from college for the first time, you had just severed ties with my grandmother, the one who lived 20 minu...
I was praised for my hard work. But when it came from you it was disingenuous. You wanted to know the latest so you had so...
You are the adult. It was your responsibility to make the effort. How can you place blame on me  I was too young to know I...
Thanksgiving     When I saw you, you said it was good to see me and were insulted by my one-armed hug. I was thanked for c...
When You Leave  29
What will you miss in your lifetime because you cut it short  Watching someone poison themselves gets you thinking about h...
I do.     Do you expect to be asked for my hand in marriage  Do you expect to walk me down the aisle  To give me away when...
I   m not in charge of changing you.  32
My dad is an alcoholic. I   m learning to live with it.