On Friday 9/23 I was blessed to see one of my dearest friends Roberta receive her medallion for 3 years of sobriety!
We call each other Chooch. We do this knowing that it means “donkey” or “meathead” in Italian. We are very able to laugh at ourselves and I think it is one of the reasons why our friendship is so strong.
Roberta is a fighter. She has fought through the tears, the guilt, the bad feelings the confusion. She has fought through the moments of utter torture where our addict mind tells us that we are worthless and no good.
She has reveled and enjoyed the beauty that being clean provides us to see. She has found god. I have seen her walk through births and deaths with grace and love.
Her son Michael presented her with her medallion. He spoke of the courage and bravery that his mom had and how she has gone first on this journey of recovery. He explained how their family was a very athletic one and how the two boys always played football and the dad was usually a coach of some sort.
Roberta’s son Michael will receive HIS 1 year medallion in about 3 weeks.
This is the magic…
Rather than sitting in the stands at one of her sons games or at a game that her husband might be coaching….she is now the one who is leading the team.
She is leading her family into the world of recovery. She is guiding them into the kindness, love, grace, forgiveness and beauty that recovery provides.
She is now the captain.
Keep going Captain Chooch! It only gets better!!