A few years ago, I was at my brother’s house for the weekly Sunday Dinner he and his wife share with a group of close friends. Don’t get confused by the “Sunday” part of this activity – it’s a cocktail party that moves from house to house every week with a full bar and fabulous food (we grew up as Episcopalians, after all). Anyway, I was talking with one of his friends who wasn’t having a cocktail. Because that’s unusual among the Sunday Dinner crowd, I asked about it. And he said, “It’s February.”
He went on to explain that every year he stops drinking for one month, and February is it.
“It’s the shortest one.”
When pressed for details he explained that the month off was helpful for getting on a healthy track after the indulgent holidays. Also that he figured if he couldn’t stop drinking for one month a year, he shouldn’t be drinking at all. Smart idea all around, I thought. But I’ve never done it.
Well, I learned about this in my post-divorce phase of ‘wow, I can have a life and make new friends’ which came after the ‘holy crap I don’t want to see anyone or talk to anyone or go anywhere’ phase. I was still nervous about being single for the first time in eighteen years and I wasn’t about to give up my courage-juice. But it’s been years since my divorce. I’m happily single, enjoying my life, and feel totally comfortable going out with or without a drink to start my evening.
So there it is. Welcome to the No-Drink-February!
Those who know I am a Steelers fan may be skeptical about my ability to abstain while watching my favorite team in the SUPER BOWL. But I’m determined. Plus, I figure this can’t hurt with the whole ‘finish your thesis’ part of my life right? (that’s for you Joe).
Can I do it? What do you think?