Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Funny... I never felt important...

I've mentioned here before that I'm a smoker. In fact, I've been smoking about a pack a day for over 30 years. Well, today is my daughter's fourth birthday, and I thought that along with the usual cake and presents I'd give her something special. Yep, that's right. As of today I am no longer a smoker. Now I realize all too well that that's much easier said than done (having given it a go countless times before). I guess the difference this time is that the stakes seem higher and time is running out. If I'm going to quit, I have to do it now. If I want to play with my daughter for more than a few more years, I have to quit now. Hell, if I want to see grandchildren, I'd bloody better do it now.

So, for the next while at least, it's nicotine patches and sucking on candies for me. No doubt those around me will have to put up with more crankiness than usual. Please bear with me. I'm on a mission...

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  1. Good luck, man. My dad quit smoking roughly 20 years ago but ended up with emphysema anyway. He had probably been smoking for 10-20 years longer than you, though.

  2. You go, dude! I've never been a smoker myself but I know from friends how hard it is to give up. Stick with it, there's no doubt at all that this is the best possible thing you could do for your family (and yourself). The one anti-smoking ad that always stuck with me had a little girl talking to her dying dad (who's on a respirator) saying how much fun her day was and finishing with "You should have been there."

    Although it will ruin my tough-guy image, I have to admit that just thinking about that ad makes me tear up. There's no better reason to quit.

  3. Thanks for the encouragement, guys!

  4. Salamaat,
    I am so happy for you :)
    Go for can do it:)

    awww...your grand kids will thank you for sticking around :)

  5. Good for you. And congrats on 4 yrs of fatherhood.

  6. Maliha and Emarie, thanks!! It's now been two smokeless days...

  7. Ahhhh, now I understand why my mild reference (on Shit Sandwich) to your predilection for "glamour" was greeted with a bit of a grump, and no subsequent comments...

    Seriously though - good work. If I ever get round to having kids, I might contemplate giving up myself. I mean cigarettes, rather than contemplating suicide, obviously.

  8. Heh, Shit, believe me, I was only joking (I'm not that sensitive). I have to say, though, that today has been the worst of my non-snoking ones so far. Don't know what I'd do without the patches...