What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.Ralph Waldo Emerson
In the Spring of 2019, we took a newly sober couple—she from heroin and he from alcohol—and their very new baby into our home. They were not people we knew well by any means; in fact, we were barely acquainted. And then, for a handful of months, they were family.
I share a true story. The names are fictitious. The events, places and characters are not. These posts have been rebuilt from my memories, my notes and from personal conversations. Events in which I was not personally involved have been created from research of public records, personal interviews and my own interpretation of what the characters (some of whom I did not know) might have experienced, thought, felt or said.
Tiny Matters, at least for now, is a compilation of events from an eye-opening, life-changing decision that resulted in a new awareness of self. I hope to convey a realistic view of addiction, the struggle of recovery and the joy and heartache that often come with choosing to go where Someone Greater is leading you.