I have about 20 or so bottle caps that I have been saving from my new special evening drink. I knew I wanted something special to have in the evenings and I had it in mind to look for a ginger drink because I’ve had them before and they don’t quite taste like anything else I drink on a regular basis. Lo and behold, when I went for my first non-alcoholic drinks shopping trip, I found Reed’s Extra Ginger Brew. I think it goes through an actual brewing process, so there’s that little bite to it along with the ginger flavor. And, ginger is super good for you, so I gave it a try.
It comes in a glass bottle and has these nice aluminum caps. The first night, as I twisted off the cap to my new non-alcoholic drink, I just felt like I had to save it. I put in on my fridge on top of a magnet. Each following evening, I did the same thing. Today I noticed that my fridge looked a little crazy with all these red caps all over it. I gathered all the caps, used a hammer and awl, put a little hole in each one and used clear wire to string them together. Each cap literally represents a bottle of wine (or more) that would have been consumed that day. I look at those lovely little caps now hanging in my doorway and I imagine 19 bottles of wine hanging in their place. I think about how big and cumbersome they would look, how much space they take up, how much noise they make when I take out the recycling and how guilty I felt when I looked at the bottle in the morning. These caps have an artistic quality to them, they are almost delicate, they are pretty, they made a nice little tinkling sound as I hung them up. I don’t have to hide them or lie about them. I’m not ashamed of them.
I’ll keep saving them. I guess I’ve invented my own little chip system. Maybe I’ll make other things out of them and send them around the world to our not-drinking blogosphere community. Maybe I’ll put one in my bag or pocket for an away-from-home reminder of all that I’ve accomplished so far. Maybe, one day, I’ll use them as a story prop and tell the story of how I stopped drinking. Right now, I’m just proud to have something hopeful to post and think about. I’m looking forward to Day 20.