In December, my dad was diagnosed with "Advanced Cirrhosis of the liver" and was initially given "weeks to months to live". Since then, he has quit drinking, has started to take care of himself, and is making a miraculous rebound. Unbelievable how a man can abuse his body for over 70 years, and in just a matter of a few weeks of good self care, can return to "normal" health. Though he is pretty much Velcro-ed to the couch, depressed, very low energy, it is nice to see him sober. The question begs to be answered of why he was unable to quit drinking when my mom was still alive and when there was a family to appreciate. Especially since quitting drinking for him has been seemingly easy and problem free.
For the first time in, like, ever my dad is becoming....well, a dad. He has struggled with alcoholism my whole life making booze far more of a priority than family life. If I ever had a problem, it was Mom I would turn to (unless I had a car question of some kind, and even then, I often sought out other sources). She may or may not relay whatever whoa I was having to my dad if and when he was sober, but seldom did I converse with my dad on an individual basis.
Just the other day, I was having a stressful, crabby kind of day. Issues with a potential house I so desperately want to buy was clouding my mood. My dad is providing me with a little bit of financial help, and on this day we were driving to the bank. I was crabby. My irritability did not go unnoticed by Dad, and I told him my troubles. I told my Dad my troubles. For the first time in my life. He listened. He sympathized. He reassured. He provided emotional support doing everything a kind and patient parent would do. And it felt good, nice, even natural. Its so nice to have a sober Dad finally after all these years. Just wish it could have happened so much sooner.
Perhaps he will live his last few yeas alcohol free as a way to show his true self to us kids. And just maybe when his time is called to meet my mom up in Heaven, he will enter to live a sober eternity with the love of his life. Finally giving my mom a life she deserved.