My Daily #Meltdown: The Puddle

Welcome to My Daily #Meltdown, where I count down the days to the release of Melt with insights about my process.

I was going to show you a picture of the “real” Joey – but for some reason my phone refuses to e-mail the picture. I can’t post from my phone because it’s just too small – and so, there will be no Joey tonight. I’ll work on it!!! (Technically inept – alas.)

So I’ll tell you about the puddle instead.

In the book, Joey hears a guy at an AA meeting talk about how falling into a puddle was the thing that led him to surrender – and to stop drinking:

“Then one day he was walking to the liquor store

in the snow.

There was this humongous puddle of

slush at the


of the curb and he

stopped and

stared into it.

He saw his



reflection looking back and


he thought of


All this time he’d fought it and


where it got him.

All this time he thought it was


that it meant


to surrender

that there’d be


left of him

that it’d be the end.

But just like that the word

appeared in his head like someone

whispered it to him and he


into the


puddle he

splattered in

on his knees

he spoke to God he


And that’s when he found

hope he found

faith that’s when everything


when he caved

when he gave up the


of trying to control what he




he felt it

lift from his shoulders and it all


In real life, this happened to Joey. It was he who was walking to the liquor store and saw himself in a puddle.

And the person he was telling this story to? That was me.

Joey says to the guy:


I ain’t dropping in no puddle for


I said this to him – but with proper grammar.

Then, he really said & did this to me:

“He looks at me dead-on his

eyes they’re plowing straight into


He says,

The puddle

it’s in your



To clarify, I’m not an alcoholic. But I did need help that recovery – and surrender – provided.


Bye for now.

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