My mum is an alcoholic and its her birthday this weekend

Old 06-17-2014, 02:09 AM
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My mum is an alcoholic and its her birthday this weekend

Okay, so my mum lives in a assisted homeless shelter for people getting out of homelessness. She is there because she is an alcoholic, or a so called recovering alcoholic.

It is her 50th birthday this weekend and I have not seen her for a year. I am going to see her on Sunday and am looking into getting a hotel so I can stay the night to make the price of the train tickets worthwhile.

I don't know what to get her.. I have not got her a Christmas, Mothers Day or a birthday present as I have not seen her. However, as I am at university at the minute - money is a bit of a problem!

What do I get which makes up for all the presents I have missed, the fact that it is her 50th and takes in her situation?

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Old 06-17-2014, 04:56 AM
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Your spending time with her is more precious than any material gift could ever be. As an alcoholic in recovery myself, today I cherish the moments I get to spend sober with my family members. They don't know it of course, but I log each and every day in my fond memories.
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Old 06-17-2014, 01:56 PM
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Can you call the place where she lives and ask them?
I'm imagining she's probably lacking for basic things like soap, clothes, shampoo, etc?
And maybe you could make her a nice little basket with a nice card and a bunch of stuff that she needs -- maybe go a little overboard on things like a lipstick, perfume, something she wouldn't get otherwise, stuff that shows her that you're still thinking of her as a worthy human being?
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