Pick One

Pick OneBy, Nan Claire Falkner

The first three patrons at the library thought Sid, the town drunk, was just snoozing. It was almost noon before someone noticed he hadn’t moved.

Yesterday, he had his annual physical and the doctor told him to quit drinking – he was killing himself.

“Can’t do Doc!”

“Well, it’s going to kill you if you don’t stop.” Doc wrote a note on a prescription pad and handed it to him.

When the police got to the library, they found the note in Sid’s hand.

“ 1. Stop drinking or

2. Die. ” the doctor had written.

Sid had circled number two.

46 thoughts on “Pick One

  1. Dear Nan,

    Doctors orders. Gotta love it just like I love this story. At least he had his priorities straight. A nice, tight and neatly wrapped up story. Well done.



    • Dear Doug, Thanks for reading. I mean – really? Anyone could of written that on a piece of paper and showed it to Sid and he still wouldn’t quit. Thanks for the comment! Nan 🙂

  2. Dear Nan,

    I have mixed feelings for Sid. An addiction is such a prison but Sid has no desire to be free of it, therefore I have a hard time finding sympathy. I’m really surprised that he went to a doctor at all.
    At any rate, a great story. Well done.



    • Dear Rochelle, Sid would have never quit – seldom they do. People have to want to quit and need a reason to change their lives before they will. It is so sad to watch someone from afar drink themselves to death and sometimes, they even blame everyone else for their problem. It is a disease that has devastating effects for the addict and the family – and extended family too. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Nan 🙂

    • Dear Anita, Thank you for stopping by and reading my story. Sid probably would have never stopped but he wasn’t willing to try either. I don’t think it was suicide because he didn’t believe it would happen to him. Thanks! Nan 🙂

    • Dear Weltchy, Thank you so much for reading and commenting. There are happy drunks and mean drunks – I think Sid was a happy drunk but really didn’t know what to do with his life without drinking. Nan 🙂

    • Dear Margaret, Thanks for stopping by! Sid couldn’t stop drinking because he felt safe there. Alcoholics usually do – but they ruin their life and everyone they are attached to. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving! Nan 🙂

  3. Oh dear — ! Poor Sid. Methinks the police will have less-than-kind words for Ol’ Doc. As well they should.

    Still — beautifully written.

    • Thank you so much for your kind comment. I think the police will probably talk to the Doc but, there is nothing anyone can do for someone who is bound and determined to drink themselves to death. They don’t believe it will happen – nor do they worry about it. The ones that lose are the relatives and friends of the addict. Doc had probably told him that every year to no avail. Nan 🙂

  4. Poor Sid. But I’m sure he sealed his own fate years ago. The story has a powerful message, and you brought that message home with your very creative ending. Sid chose addiction over life.

    • Dear Jan, Why thank you! I’m sure everyone has a friend or relative that is an alcoholic and has seen some drama play out at some family affair. It is sad but true. I am sorry for them too. I hurt for them and their families. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Nan 🙂

  5. Sad in a way and not…his addiction may have been too powerful, that stopping may have killed him as well. Alcohol and heroin are two drugs no one should go cold turkey without being in detox. Great story that conjures so much for discussion and thinking.

  6. Nan,

    Your story is short, concise, clear, easy to read, to the point, and powerful on a difficult social issue. I think professional writing editors would give this an A++.


    • Dear Kent, The only thing about this test is you can only pick one to survive. For me, there was only one right answer but unfortunately some souls pick the wrong one. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it! Nan 🙂

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