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Grapevine : January 2011
Denver airport for my morning flight to Knoxville. My wife dropped me o ; I ran to check in and just missed my flight. I went to the smoking bar in the airport. e next flight did not leave until 4 P.M.; it was 10 A.M. A er my fourth cigarette and second beer I knew I would never get on the plane without help. Soon I would be too drunk. I called on the courtesy phone and asked them to page friends of Bill W. You guys came through, thank God! First there was Micki, a lady from New York City, then a lady from India, and then John, an airline worker. We all had co ee. Everyone's flight was scheduled to leave before mine. Micki, God bless her, changed her flight and watched me get on mine. I am flying home to Nebraska tomor- row morning with 80 days of sobriety. Today I am sober. I have a sponsor back home; he got sober in1967.Igotoa lot of meetings, sometimes three a day, many days just one, but I always go. ank you for being there for me when I could not be there for myself. My wife is picking me up at the airport tomor- row, all because of a new way of life through AA.John K. Scottsbluff, Neb. not an event. I looked for the people who stayed up all night after the diner closed. Some people were still nightbirds and available to baby-sit newcomers. I would talk to Pete the Plumber until 3 A.M., when I thought I might be able to try to fall asleep. He would have stayed on the phone with me until the cows came home. He gave me my first Big Book at 90 days, and it simply read, "Thank you, Pete the Plumber." I had no idea what he was thanking me for. That book is one of my most valuable pos- sessions today. I heard, "First Things First" and thought, How do I know what is first? Who do I ask? I lived alone and didn't even know how often you were supposed to change the sheets. All boundaries, all rules and all common sense were completely blurry. I am now sober more than half my life, and, although I have the ba- sics down, I still have to ask a spon- sor what normal is. If you never had a starting point of normal, how are you supposed to know? I have had a spiritual awaken- ing as a result of taking the Twelve Steps and my life revolves around my sobriety and my program. However, it is a daily reprieve; the story is not over yet, and fortunately, I have lots more to learn. I have found for sure that in the moments that you know what normal is and ones you don't, no matter what stage of sobriety you are at, even if your sponsor is not around, God will meet you anywhere.Snow P. Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. I asked them to page friends of Bill W. Grapevine 45