Journal Entry 4

I heard told once that heroin is easier to give up than cigarettes. Bob Dylan said he kicked heroin no problem, but to my knowledge, at 79, he still smokes.

I can attest to the difficulty of quitting. I’ve been smoking on and off for more than 20 years. (I’m not smoking now, if my wife is reading this.)

I always struggle with not smoking around this time of the year. There’s something about the cold that makes a cigarette more enjoyable. It’s a slower time of year, too. The days are more languid and as mom (or was it grandma) said, idle time is the devil’s plaything.

I know that I don’t want to be a smoking dad. That’s like having a second family. A second family that stinks. It’s a lot of work keeping it secret.

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