My husband and I were still newlyweds when he was “invited” or “commanded” to attend a cocktail party at his Regional Managers prestigious home just outside of Boston Massachusets
We were excited, of course, to see how the upper class lived. When we arrived were offered a drink, I, of course, accepted a glass of white wine, and Shirl accepted a ginger ale. We mingled with the other guests and were having a good time.
The Regional Manager (I will call him Fred, not his real name) got close to me and said in a conspirital tone, “Mrs. Colbath, I noticed your husband did not have a cocktail or wine.”
“Yes, that is true; he does not drink. As a matter of fact, he has never had a drink in his life.”
“That is interesting because I personally reviewed his AVA test, and it shows he does not have an addictive personality. So he could have a drink without any harmful effects. Why don’t we slip him a drink and see what happens; what do you think?”
By this time, I was a little annoyed; okay, I was a little pissed that anyone would consider slipping my husband a mickey when they knew he chose not to drink.
“Okay, Fred, let’s do it! It will be fun to see him let loose. He hasn’t had a drink in forever; he is an alcoholic, you know, but it will be fun to watch! I might suggest you move that vase and those lovely ceramic busts. The last time he got drunk, he broke every stick of furniture in the house. This will be a hoot!” I enthusiastically said.
Fred immediately left me standing in the corner and sashayed over to Shirl, hooking his arm in his. For the remainder of the evening, he stayed by his side, telling everyone that, “Shirl doesn’t drink!” He watched him like a hawk.
I, on the other hand, watching this performance, was trying not to laugh out loud. I enjoyed the evening more than Fred will ever know.
We finally left the party, and on the way home, I confessed what I had done. I was a little afraid Shirl might be a little mad at me for pulling a stunt like that. He said, “I wondered why he was staying so close to me all evening.” We have laughed more about that in the following years
It is amazing how many people have tried to slip him a drink over the years. People that you would assume loved him and cared for him. He is not an alcoholic; he is just honoring his Mother’s wishes.
The picture at the top of the page is our wedding picture.