I have always found this photograph humorous. If all it took not to have to kiss any one of these ladies is alcohol, then pass the beer. There may be one good-looking one maybe and all of them are so sour-faced that I would not want to touch their lips to mine anyway. I grew up in a church with such and attitude. The Assemblies of God was formed in the era of the Temperance Movement and a product of the Holiness Movement so needless to say they embraced this as part of their social aspect and it remains true to this day. I grew up in that and for he most part it is because of this and my own family history that I have avoided alcohol except in very special occasions.
Fast forward to this last weekend and you need to understand that my sons have long abandoned this attitude but I remain mostly alcohol free but I am questioning why that is. I have long dismissed the notion that alcohol in and of itself is evil and I have learned and believe that some alcohol in moderation might be beneficial. I have drunk more than a single beverage maybe twice in my life and this weekend I broke this rule.
I decided that my relationships with my sons are more important than my abstaining from alcohol. I had three beers in the space of about eight hours. I felt nothing and I must say I did not mind the taste of it that much. Of course, I had several recommendations from an expert beer drinker friend of mine. So I had higher priced good beer and that was good. I am coming to terms with it and I don’t feel my walk with God has gone south because of it. I don’t think it was harmed at all because I know the difference between drinking and getting drunk.
Not that it would be easy to get me drunk. 1) I am a big man and to be honest I felt nothing. 2) Even my Doctor said with diabetes that ten beers would probably not affect me or it much. I don’t know, I feel a new world has opened to me. I just have to remind myself that it might be difficult for me to feel anything given my size and family history.
With all the craft breweries out there, is there a place for a blog from a new beer drinker (who has not experienced much beer so he comes with an open mind) giving his opinion on another blog about beer. I am definitely getting over the guilt. Hmm.
Blessings an Cheers!!!