Life was good for the Walker family. They had a hundred acre farm with plenty of livestock to keep their family's lifestyle above everyone else in town. Johnny Walker stood six feet six inches tall but was as gentle as a kitten. Johnny's wife Elizabeth was by far the prettiest woman around. The Walker's had two beautiful children Sarah and Jimmy. The children grew up fast because their father was an ex-marine in the Vietnam War and believed in hard work and didn't want to raise lazy children on his farm.
Johnny was the town’s butcher, always happy to supply their town with the best meat around. Local farmers would drive for miles just to get in on Johnny's secret, but Johnny wasn't about to give up his secret to no one.
Johnny's wife, Elizabeth, was Eadendale’s Elementary school teacher. She taught math to first graders. Elizabeth loved her job teaching children to be all they can be. Elizabeth hoped the children she taught would grow up to be teachers some day and instill values she taught them.
Sarah and Jimmy would work after school on their father's farm whatever little they could do to help their father out. Johnny would teach his children how to plant, kill chickens, and tend to the cattle on the farm. Johnny would tell his children, "If I sat around all day long hoping the corn would grow and that we would always have food on the table, we would all starve to death. Johnny Walker's children had a good foundation to grow up and be all they can be in whatever obstacles came their way.
Johnny Walker's farm had been hit with a serious drought. The Walker family’s farm was facing hard times and their recovery wouldn't be swift. The Walker family lost most of their cattle and corn, so times were getting even harder. Johnny thought next season would be a better one but it was the roughest year than the year before. Tension was building between Johnny and his wife, Elizabeth. They argued constantly over money. Elizabeth wanted Johnny to give up the farm so they could survive but Johnny was too hard headed for that.
One night Elizabeth had all she could take from Johnny yelling at her. When she got home from a hard day at work all Elizabeth would see is Johnny sitting at the kitchen table with a bottle of whiskey in his hand and slurring his speech.
Elizabeth said, "That's it, I'm going out and don't wait up for me."
"Don't worry, I won't," said a drunken Johnny Walker.
As Elizabeth slammed the door behind her, Johnny threw the bottle of whiskey at the door shattering the bottle into a million pieces.
Johnny said, "Don't come back."
Johnny passed out on the kitchen table. Sarah and Jimmy came out of their rooms crying and came up to the kitchen table where their father was passed out trying to console him.
Johnny said, "Why don't you kids go to your rooms. I'll be alright. I'll come get you both in a few minutes and take you out to the stable and we’ll ride horses to take our mind off of things." The children returned to their rooms while their daddy cleaned up to take them horseback riding. Johnny knocked on Sarah and Jimmy's door telling them it's time to go horseback riding. Jimmy and Sarah had a great time riding horses with their dad.
"Kids, it's getting late I think we need to bring the horses back to the stable and turn in for the night. I'll read you both a bed time story," said Johnny. Johnny read Sarah and Jimmy a bedtime story and kissed them goodnight. Then Johnny got in his truck and headed to the liquor store to get a new bottle of whiskey to drown out his sorrows. Johnny drank well into the night waiting to see when his beautiful wife Elizabeth would be returning home. Elizabeth finally arrived at around 3:00 am in the morning.
Johnny said, "Where have you been."
"None of your business," said Elizabeth.
Johnny grabbed Elizabeth by the arm and said, "What do you mean none of my business. You're my wife."
Johnny and Elizabeth got into a struggle and Johnny slapped Elizabeth's face. Elizabeth broke free and ran to her room crying. Saying, "Why did I come back he doesn't really love me anyway."
Johnny knocked on her door trying to get in but the door was locked. Johnny pleaded with her to open the door but she said, "Get away!! Leave me alone!"
Johnny turned away and headed to the living room with his bottle of whiskey to drown away his problems. Somehow the whiskey wasn't doing the trick but Johnny was too far gone and too addicted to stop now.
Morning came. Johnny was sprawled out on the couch snoring like a freight train with an empty bottle of whiskey lying next to his chest. Elizabeth got the children ready for school and left for work. Sarah and Jimmy were scared their father might hurt them because of his sickness.
Their father reassured them he would never lay a hand on them and he was very sorry he hit their mother. Johnny got himself cleaned up and got himself a job at the local diner to show his wife he was serious about their relationship. Elizabeth seemed to be happy once more and things were looking brighter for their marriage but all it took was Johnny's lips to touch the tip of the whiskey bottle and things were back like they were once before. This time Johnny was drinking all day long and Elizabeth was hitting the bars looking for any man that would give her the attention she wasn't getting at home from her husband Johnny.
One day when Johnny was supposed to be at work Elizabeth decided to bring a man back to the farm to mess around with but Johnny was home frying some chicken when all of a sudden Elizabeth and the man she met at a bar burst into the house and there stood Johnny at the stove frying chicken. Johnny wasn't too happy seeing his wife with another man. Johnny went over to the man and asked him to leave but Elizabeth wouldn't allow it, so Johnny and the man exchanged heated words then a scuffle into the kitchen. The man was pounding Johnny's head into the stove one too many times causing the hot grease from the frying pan to spill over into Johnny's face. Johnny's face was severely burned causing his face to be disfigured. After Johnny was treated for burns to his face, he wore a hooded mask over his face to cover up his disfigurement. Elizabeth felt responsible for her husband's disfigurement, that she quit seeing other men and Johnny stopped drinking again. The Walker's were even going to church on Sunday's.
Everything was fine in the Walker family for about a year until Johnny was out tending to what little cattle he had when a buddy of his came by to pay Johnny a visit. Johnny's old drinking buddy brought a bottle of whiskey to talk over old times. Jack opened a bottle of whiskey licked his lips and placed his lips on the bottle of whiskey and said, "Man that's really good, here Johnny want a sip."
Johnny started licking his lips and saying, "Man I know it's good but I can't. I just can't."
"Come on Johnny just one sip, that's all," said Jack.
"I really shouldn't but one sip wouldn't hurt,” said Johnny.
Johnny's eyes were bulging and he was drooling. Here we go again, Johnny and his chance to be clean forever was about to end just from a sip into the Hell he just got out of two times before. Three strikes you're out Johnny. Now the "Hell" begins and no turning back for Johnny. Johnny's good old buddy left and Johnny passed out in the barn with his empty whiskey bottle by his side.
Elizabeth was so excited about her husband Johnny being sober for so long that she was bragging to other teacher's how everything with her marriage was right back on track. Little did Elizabeth know that her so called sober husband was in the barn passed out from drinking too much whiskey. No begging and pleading was going to make things better for their marriage. Elizabeth returned home only to find the children sitting at the kitchen table hungry and asking their mother where their daddy is. Elizabeth dropped her coat and purse and went through the house calling out her husband's name but got no response, so she ran outside to check in the stable.
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