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the Adult Children of Alcoholics 
educated me a lot on my life
I have seen plenty of alcoholics
growing up with it stabs you like a knife

I once read in a book what certain traits
children of alcoholics developed
being an adjuster in life relates
seems like my life was underdeveloped

I would just go with the flow with no word
looking back on my life I know it’s true
I was never the one to wear a sword
all this because dad drank way too much brew

Dad is dead family is still coping
we have all done our own way of doping

Copyright © Robert Heemstra

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  1. Date: 2/9/2013 11:54:00 AM
    I did not know that meaning of ACOA, so I learned something today and I hope your family is all coping well. My sister is in a group for wives of alcoholics. It can sure be a tough life.