So I have a secret. And it’s not a biggie. But I guess to some people it is. Drum roll please…I don’t drink. Ever. Like I’ve never ever had a drink. Am I religious? Nope. Did I used to be a huge drinker and gave it up for maturity reasons? Eh eh. Did I have a medical problem and decide against it? Negative. I just don’t drink. Now I’d love to tell you there is some philosophical, deep reason behind my decision to never partake in libations but the truth of the matter is, it really was never a conscious decision. The longer I went without trying alcohol, the less and less appealing it was for me and at some juncture it just became a moot point.
So, why if I am not judgmental toward those who DO drink are those same people judgmental toward me? Not sure. I have never been someone to care if others are drinking, even during my days at college. In Las Vegas. “But that must have been so challenging to not drink in Vegas,” some might say. No. In fact I never really gave it much thought. I was such a popular designated driver that no one seemed to care that I wasn’t joining in. It’s more so as an adult that I feel people are giving me the ole stink eye when I don’t order a margarita out at dinner, or grab a beer at a pool party. I’ve lost friendships over it. I believe relationships ended because of it. I even think people think I’m strange because of it. But I’m not. So let me debunk some misconceptions for you and break down my logic so I don’t have to be a closet “non- drinker” anymore.
1. Do you care if I drink in front of you? – Absolutely not. We’re all adults here, by all means, have a drink, have five. Not my place to say what’s right for you. I will gladly toast with you while sipping my iced tea.
2. Should I bring wine when I come to dinner at your house? – Please do. Or beer. My husband will love you for it.
3. Should I still invite you to a night out for drinks with other moms? – Yes! I will be so happy to not be wiping noses, faces or butts for a few hours, that I won’t mind having a cranberry juice while you have a drink.
4. How do you unwind at the end of the day without a drink? I mean, you’re with kids all day. – I am the first to understand why moms need a drink, but I do have other vices. Anyone tried the new Ben and Jerry’s core ice creams? Or cookie dough oreos topped with marshmallow fluff? Trust me, you are probably downing less calories than me, and not feeling as guilty afterwards. Oh, and watching the Bachelor. That helps too!
So seriously, don’t shy away from me because I don’t drink. I’m pretty cool still, I promise, and I am so loud and goofy most of the time that you won’t even notice I’m sober.