Booze in memories Apr 13, 2017 15:14:29 GMT 1
Post by Bonobo on Apr 13, 2017 15:14:29 GMT 1
Bo I like my present life style with limited drinking. For some reason my Polish mother has something against alcohol and excessive drinking. I wonder if it has to do with Poland. She hates and despises drunk people. She considers them people without etiquette, discipline, style, dignity and a focus in life. Probably she already disliked alcoholism in Poland during the fifties and sixties. My father loves Dutch genever and a good glass of wine with dinner. But there was never excessive drinking in my family. The disciplin of my mother kept alcohol out of our house. In fact today I like to drink beer without alcohol next to special beers with alcohol. I thank my mother for the way she raised me. I saw people struggling with alcoholism and how that ruined their lives. Alcoholism is present in our European societies and in the USA too. (Jeanne will be able to tell something about the USA).
My mother also had some kind of strong prejudice. Her father and my grandpa who had died before I was born, was addicted. She told me a few times about the hell he had given them after coming back from work drunk. Sometimes they had to run away from home not to provoke him. So, my mum declared that when I come back home drunk, I can pack my suitcase and leave. In result, I had to be very careful with my youth adventures.
However, she was inconsequent. I first tried booze at the New Year`s Eve when I was 10. They were serving glasses with cheap communist champagne and I picked up the fullest one and drank it all and nobody protested. My mum saw me but she thought I was taking the glass because that was the custom but presumed I wasn`t going to drink it.
When I watch TV series from 1970s, alcohol was always present at home and nobody hid it from children`s sight. Vodka occupied the central place on the table during social occasions.