Wednesday, January 25, 2012
A Christmas Epiphany ~ BFF 160
The bar room was nearly void of customers, jukebox silent, the stink of stale cigarettes and booze heavy in the air. Katie did not notice. She settled at a table far away from the bar. A lonely Christmas Eve has driven Katie out into a cold night to seek relief from her pain.
The bartender, without a word, brought Katie her usual whiskey and water with a twist of lemon. Katie took a long slow draw from the glass and waited for the euphoria, temporal at best, but necessary for just this one night ~ lying to herself again.
Katie stared at the scarred tabletop as she considered her failed marriage and the source of her pain. “It takes two to tango…” Her Mom’s words echoed accusingly in her mind. Katie knew she was not faultless in the failure of her marriage. She also knew that Joe was not a good match. There were communication problems seriously magnified by alcohol. Both were functional alcoholics, which was really the only thing they had in common. Still, even while drinking, they were polar opposites. She was a happy, funny drunk while alcohol only served to feed his many grievances. It was a volatile mixture, but she loved Joe nonetheless.
As the alcohol began to take effect, Katie turned her attention to the other three silent customers. She knew each of the men by reputation ~ all having lost their families, jobs and reputations long ago. The fact that Katie was the only woman in the lounge did not escape her attention.
Suddenly Katie had an epiphany. She knew instantly that she was seeing her future if she did not change her ways. Without finishing her drink, she got up from her chair and walked out of the bar forever.
January 25, 2012
Posted by Darlene ~Bloggity Blogger~ at 10:59 AM