I know I should never have drank after the dawn, but I did and it was nice while it lasted.
I also apologise for breaking my family rule: I vowed with my Irish cousins we would all never drink before noon.
We made the vow as we were from a family of drinkers, drinking for fun and excitement; a vow made with lighter hearts at an Irish wedding!
I remember a passing comment from a student that she had woken in our university days and taken a slug of last nights beer. I made a mental derogatory note, but within 30 years I would be having lager and crisps on a European work study trip, rather than croissants and coffee. Everyone was doing it. Even our lecturers were having beer at 9am
I knew drinking after the dawn was wrong. Yet I did it. It lifted a cloud. Helped.
I always used to do it with food, following Churchill’s approach of claret with eggs and bacon. Sometimes cooked on my range, other times from a sandwich counter.
I never had whiskey for breakfast but you know I started an occasional nip of other things, but that wasn’t my ruin.
There were drinks I shouldn’t have had, but I did have them, when I had no responsibilities other than to cook breakfast for the family.
I was having fun, dullness really can make you feel better and then I admit I did stop thinking straight.
I stopped remembering that I should stop drinking. I even thought I was doing the right thing because it felt right in my mind, but the bad side of me was talking to me
Yet it did feel fun and I was forever vowing when the next corner was turned I would stop. Or slow down. When something went right. Or when I found my next safe harbour.
Drinking after the dawn was a sign that the days were numbered and if only I had remembered my vow before it became to late
I am sorry for drinking before after the dawn, because I would not have found myself in hospital.
It was great fun though, I cannot deny and I am lucky to have the memories. And not to have died as a result. Not everyone is as lucky as me.
I hesitate recommending it because it will kill you