Thursday, October 29, 2009


Drew was a good soldier
So proud
So sober
So spiritual
So sad
Ave Maria University Oratory
Mourning in morning
We who stay
To help others
Along their sober way

Asleep in his car
Note in his lap
To express a final goodbye
To his friends, his Peeps.
Sleep in peace now my friend...Drew
Flash Fiction Friday 55
is a story written in exactly 55 words.
Let the G-Man know if you write one
and read the ones of your fellow writers.


About a year ago I was Drew's AA sponsor
for several months before he "resigned" from
Alcoholics Anonymous--again.

All too often during moments like these today I hear the truth, "Drew died so that many others will live."  We see in illumination what happens when we forget to be humble, forget to be patient, tolerant, forgiving, forget to WORK the steps, forget that God is God...not ME...and forget that we cannot have the first drink, or that insatiable craving will immediately kick in.

Thank you for your prayers for ALL of us Peeps, let us stay sober, and pray for each other. Please!

Peace, and Love, Peeps, to ALL of you! 

Steve--color me "pensive".


Tall Kay said...

I'm sorry to hear we lost another one. It is a fatal, progressive disease...but we have a found a remedy! My heart and prayers go out to Drews family and friends, and to you Steve. A very sad 55.

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about this loss, how sad it must be for all. There are way to many Drews out there. My sister in law lost her life from alcohol. She was not patient, tolerant, nor took the steps.
May he rest in peace. My thoughts and prayers are with him and family, friends and you.
God bless

♥ Boomer ♥ said...

I am sorry.

Your 55 is powerful. Peace to you and yours.

Gin said...

Oh Steve. I am so, so sorry. I am thinking of you and all those affected by his death.

Prayer Girl said...

Oh how grateful I am to God for my sobriety. "There but for the grace of God go I" where Drew has gone.

I pray for Drew and those who loved him.


wolfie185 said...

Very sad.

Brian Miller said...

may he rest in peace...prayers for the family and for you.

Zanejabbers said...

I was struck by the simplicity and beauty of the coffin. The same simplicity and beauty of AA. So sad when this is the end, we all have choices.

fickleinpink said...

A sad 55...

I'm sure Drew will be remembered for his goodness, may he rest in peace!

Anonymous said...


I am sure it was with a very heavy heart that you penned your 55, but I am so very glad you did. As a newbie in recovery the reminders about the damage that first drink will do can never come too often ~ it is just a shame that this is the reminder for today.

I am so grateful for my sobriety today and look forward to another 24 tomorrow. I am trudging the road beside you, my friend.

~Chef Kar

You'll find 55 ~ Skipping Stones posted.

Alice Audrey said...

A sad story, and all too common. So far I've been lucky to only loose friends of friends this way.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the help but I don't mean sound stupid but do have Louisey blog so i can email her ?
Thank you for your time

Findon said...

I have no words steve. Thanks for this post.

anthonynorth said...

This is so sad, but it's important people know - so important.
My thoughts are with you.

Nessa said...

I am so for your loss and his and all of those he touched.

Flash 55 - Morbid Norberth

Andrew said...

Godspeed Drew.

Hootin' Anni said...

My heart goes out to all...this is a good reminder for us tho; that there are lives out there just crying, calling, yelling for help!!! And this, my friend...your 55 resonates a dutiful, wonderful, caring man......yourself!!!

Have a terrorific Halloween tomorrow---

My 55 is a two-parter this week...

Trick or Treats HERE

Scott said...

sad indeed, may he finally be at peace...

God Bless, my friend!

Shadow said...

that is sad. but very real too. well written steve!

Dr.John said...

an eye glass fogging 55.
Sometimes we can't help them see who saves them.

I have finished my 55.
You’ll find it

But it’s a groaner.

Dulce said...

Sorry about your loss, peep. Peace and blessing to you and your weekend

Rachel said...

This is so sad. I fought an eating disorder/drug addiction for years. Realizing I coudn't do it alone saved me. Wonderful and hearftfelt 55. May be rest in peace.

enchantedoak said...

How wretched you feel comes through the 55. Lost three of ours to alcoholism/suicide this year, one just this week. We have to take this disease seriously, and commit 100 percent to recovery, or we too could die of a broken heart.
Chris A

Indigo said...

((Hugs))I'm so sorry to hear this dear friend. It's a grim reminder we can never let up our guard with this cunning disease. All we can do is keep hoping and praying some day stories like this will be a thing of the past. (Hugs)Indigo

Steve E. said...

NOTE TO ALL: This disease Alcoholism wants us all DEAD--you hear me??? That is a FACT! we, I guess --grin!ll, my opinion

Ed G. said...

I'm sorry.


Syd said...

I'm sorry about Drew. It is a killer disease. I wish that people would choose to live.

kberman said...

I love what Father Martin said about how to help another alcoholic. He said it is the right words, at the right time, spoken by the right person. When asked what were those words, He said that God knows and He isn't telling.

It feels to me that a spark goes from my heart to someone else's. May we continue to be blessed to carry the spark.

Love, Kathy kathyberman.com.

DreamDancer said...

Sad... loss of Hope and belief in healing. Touching 55 Steve.

G-Man said...

What a terrible addiction!
Don't take this too personally, he chose the path he walked down!
You can point the way, but others chose their own direction. Excellent 55, and have a Wonderful Week-End...Galen

Susan at Stony River said...

Oh, no. What a brave and sad 55; Steve, thank you for this tribute to Drew, and reminder for all of us.

Here in Ireland this week has been all school closings and fireworks for Halloween; of course it used to be our new year. Tomorrow at the bonfire I'll be wishing you and all your comrades in AA a strong, joyful, peaceful, and brighter year to come.

Fandango said...

Such a sad 55. Another human life wasted. We dragons grieve with you.