This is my dad…ex-Marine, grew up in an orphanage, only son among 4, married for 40 years, and ex-alcoholic. He’s been sober for 5 years and 2 months today after drinking steadily for as long as I can remember. Quit cold turkey and has not had one single sip of alcohol since. He’s a very different man than he was 5 years ago. He’s the man I always dreamed he’d be if the disease loosened it’s death grip. He’s smiling in this picture. A real genuine smile which lights up his eyes. No, you can’t see his face so you can’t tell but I’m his daughter and I know simply by looking at the crinkles near his eyes. This is a smile I longed to see as a child…a genuine smile without the assistance of the alcohol. This is the smile my children now see quite regularly…completely free of the alcohol which use to fuel him. I am so very proud of this man and all that he has overcome and worked through in his life.