On 8/19/1990, I broke up with alcohol. I grieved losing the relationship, but the divorce was necessary.
When I was sober 90 days, Mary Jo Robinson spoke at our recovery group both as a MADD member and as a person in long-term recovery. After hearing her talk about forgiving the man who killed her son, I shared with her that I killed someone’s son, too, and wondered if the mother could ever forgive me.
Mary Jo then got me involved with MADD as a speaker. I first attended a Victim Impact Panel in December of 90 to see what it was all about and prayed to know if I should get involved with MADD or not. My prayers had been answered with a resounding YES! Synchronicities abounded in the MADD Panel beyond the pale of mathematical probability. I observed God's Handwriting on the proverbial wall and knew I was ‘supposed to’ do this work.
I started speaking for MADD January 18th of 91, and have been at it ever since. Later, Mary Jo told me that MADD is my "Ministry."
I had a vision of recovery and speaking when I was 19 years old. It took 14 years before the dream came true. That Vision still guides my life.
So this Saturday, 8/19/2017, I'll be celebrating 27 years of sobriety and speaking for MADD. 40 years ago, before I sobered up, I hit and killed Little Timmy. Today, we are a team. Little Timmy did not die in vain.