Seattledad: “Hi I’m James and, uh,… I'm a Laugh-Aholic”
All: “Hiiii James”
Seattledad: “ Well, I guess it's been a tough week for me. Unfortunately, I had a minor relapse”
All: “Ohhhhhh” (disbursed mumblings and quiet whispers back and forth)
Seattledad: “Yeah, everything has been going so well recently too, what with all the long hours spent on remodeling. And the money…yeah the stress that finances add to a situation, coupled with my recent bout with a persistent virus have really kept my recovery ON track. I seemed to be doing so well. So well (fading).
Face in the crowd: “What Happened, Man! Tell us what happened”
Seattledad: “Well, my 2 year old was sitting on the potty yesterday...”
Voice from the back: “Not the potty! Curse those things. You gotta be strong man. Strong.”
Seattledad: “I know, I know. I should’ve seen it coming. He was sitting there, still groggy from naptime and out of habit I sort of exaggerated my stride as I passed the door. Immediately, the kids cracks up.”
Guy in row 5: “You should have extricated yourself right there, Dude!”
Seattledad: “Yes, I should have. But I was too weak. I didn't see it coming. I thought about calling someone, but-no phone. Next thing you know I am passing by the door backwards the other way…and the little guy completely loses it. Loud, exaggerated laughs echoed from the bathroom. Right there guys. Right there I was hooked. I started going back and forth past that door, each time altering my stride or direction in increasingly exaggerated ways. I even did circles till I got dizzy! Sure, I should have found an out. Might have been able to, but I found myself completely lost in the high of the moment."
Face in the Crowd again: "He was on the TOILET fuh crying out loud!"
Seattledad: "And he kept on begging me for MORE! Calling out ‘More Daddy, more!’ and ‘You’re silwi daddy’." (wiping at eyes). "Sorry, I get emotional thinking of it."
Moderator: “That is enough for today James. And don’t let it get to you big guy. Yes, you messed up alright, but that is what we are here for. To get you through these tough times.”
All: “Yeah! Uh, Huh! Word!” (strong looks of support)
Seattledad: “Thanks. That’s why I love you guys. (Looking away, fist clenched, arm in L shape).