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Grapevine : August 2010
my second son was born, a month premature. So while I was going to the ICU to visit my son, I was also doing Step work, going to work and attending meet- ings religiously. e good news is that my son and I are both doing well! I've never been known to take the easy way out. I had to learn things the hard way to get to where I am today. Reliving the details of that horrible night is not easy, but I need to re- member how bad it was out there. Looking back on that relapse, I was a disaster waiting to happen. I had no meetings, no sponsor and no support. On the surface things seemed to be going well, but the warning signs were all there: resent- ment, pity, anger and discontent. Today, I couldn't be happier. Not only have I ac- cumulated a few years of sobriety, but I have gotten to do things I only dreamed of before. I've been promoted at work, improved my fam- ily relations and received my black belt in martial arts. Not bad for an "old-timer." I am well over 40. Without the sup- port of my family, I wouldn't be here today. My mom has been in recovery since before I can even remember and has been a true inspiration. I could have never done these things without Alcoholics Anonymous and for that I am truly grateful. See you on that long and wind- ing road to happy destiny. You're in for a heck of a ride. Mike R. Plano, Texas ThenextdayIwasinaBigBook meeting. We were reading about Dr. Bob and Bill W.'s first meeting and the early days of AA in Akron. I be- gan to cry and laugh as I read. Without that very first meeting, the men who carried AA to my uncle in Akron would never have helped him get sober and then he would not have carried the message to me. I was still sad, but at peace, because I knew that Uncle Richard is up at the big meeting in the sky watching over me until I can join him. Jenna H. Austin, Texas In a long string of relapses, it was the one I needed to earn a one-way ticket to my home group and sobriety. Uncle Richard isupatthebig meeting in the sky watching over me until I can join him. 32 August 2010