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David Leslie's Autobiography (submitted 5/2/06)
"Boden Trauben". That's what the man said. I didn't know what it meant when I first heard it either..... From the look of the faces of those in the know, it wasn't good. Ground grapes. That's what he said. He wanted us to march up that hill and pick them up. Now. OK?
I was in AA for 12 years. They used to tell me that there was nothing worse than a belly full of booze and a head full of program. I'm sure none of those drunks ever picked up ground grapes on the cloudy, cold hills of western Germany. It ain't easy. but neither is getting clean and sober at 16. I would know.
I work in a pizza shop. There, I said it. See, I'm not scared to admit. I was a teacher, once. History. Love the subject, hate the system. Always did. Go figure. I have massive student loan debt to prove both. Impressed?
I love to read. I started with "Hop on Pop" by Dr. Suess. I was so proud. I progressed. History. We all have it. Perspective. We all need it. So I still read. But it's harder now. One of my eyes is all messed up.
Multiple Sclerosis will do that to you. It's only my left one though. I have another, right? I was relieved when they told me I had MS. You know why? I wasn't gonna die tommorrow. Or next week. I am still standing years later. Good for me.
I have something to say. I can still teach. I don't need a classroom. Oh, and I'm not SOBER anymore, whew. I can always go back....