I had an amazing weekend celebrating my daughter’s 10th birthday! Woot woot! It was very exciting for her to finally be entering the double digit years, and this was truly special for me because I have now been sober for half of her life!! Woot woot again!
It still feels truly amazing that I was even able to get sober and stay sober for this long, and I just felt like I needed to celebrate a little, just for me, and do something BIG for her!! Soooo…. for the first time in my life I have baked a cake! (And I am 42 BTW LOL!) Now, I have done cookies and cupcakes, and I think I have them down to perfection (at least in my eyes) but I have never baked a cake; for some reason cakes scared me! LOL! And oh boy! I had a few challenges with the cake; getting the top and bottom to fit, running out of frosting, and accidentally buying cookie cream instead decorating frosting! BUT! I had a blast making it, and my daughter loved it, and it actually tasted pretty good – well anything chocolate and fudge tastes good right!! 🙂
Furthermore, for the first time in her life and my life, we had a slumber party – of course I was not really a part of the slumber party…!! BUT…Yes! I had 5 girls stay at my house over night! That means 5 sets of parents trusted me enough to have their kids under my care for almost 24 hours! How BIG is this??? Well they sure don’t know, but let me tell you how astounding that feels – I seriously had to pinch myself to make sure that this was real! Because in my drinking days no one trusted me – I didn’t even trust me! Besides, I sure the heck didn’t want a bunch of kids at my house and for 24 hours! So this event was unquestionably BIG for me!
And yes, it is true, I have never had a slumber party as a kid, as a matter of fact I have never even had a birthday party as a kid. I am not sure why that was, we did celebrate birthdays, but it only included my immediate family. So this was awesome because it felt like I finally got my slumber party too – I got to re-do a little piece of my childhood! I got to play Just Dance on Wii, I got to have a pillow fight and I got to hang out with bunch of girls in my pajamas and watch a move and stuff my self silly with popcorn and candy! Whee! So much fun! (Ok, so maybe I was a part of the slumber party, just a little LOL!)
I really like sharing these special events in my life with you, because when I was newly sober, no one told me how exactly my life was going to change, and the future seemed absolutely terrifying! But events like these, seemingly normal to many people, fill my heart with joy and excitement and make me even more grateful to be sober. These things, most definitely, would not be possible if I was still drinking!
What have you been able to do now that you’re sober?
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