Mother left him by the Drink

Fight, a one word Daily Prompt 19th of March, 2016.

 

Father turned to me, and his hands were shaking.

“Some things are worth fighting for,” he said, “no matter how much they hurt.”

He raised the bottle to his mouth and its contents washed him away. Alcohol cleaned his shirt, sterilising its mottled brown.  His eyes were open but his stare listless and empty. There was a fond smile on his lips that creased his face to a younger, happier time.

“Son, mummy’s home,” he said, and I could only watch in horror.

He drank it in and bathed. It pooled between his thighs until the bottle dripped empty.

Suddenly he was back. Eyes registered clarity, and his expression hardened until he no longer resembled the man of my youth.

“You have to let her go,” I pleaded, and he pushed me away.

“No son, no matter what we’re still a family.”

I sobbed at that, “No, you’re not father. Can’t you see why mum left you?”

Father shook his head and trembled. “No, I can’t,” he turned away from me, another bottle uncorked and soon in hand.

“Put it down. We’re losing you.”

Depression and anxiety are common mental health conditions. 

Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide. According to BeyondBlue,

In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 million have anxiety.

Share your thoughts and experiences with depression below.

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