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Grapevine : March 2011
At 1:00 A.M. I awoke from a dead sleep and popped out of bed. I startled my wifeabitasIwentto look for my wallet in the dark and started foraging through it, looking for some money to leave un- der my daughter's pillow. My wife went upstairs. I opened my daughter 's door and tiptoed in to her room very quietly, be- ing sure not to let the wooden floor creak as I went to her pil- low for the tooth. Very quietly, I took the box, exchanged the silver tooth for some money and placed the box back under her pillow. I then tiptoed out of her room and went back to bed. As I lay in bed the thought of what had just hap- pened hit me and I began to cry. As the tears rolled down my face my wife asked me what was wrong and I told her with a smile that I was amazed. She asked what I meant and I told her, "It is 1:05 in the morn- ing and I'm here, present and being a dad. I should be closing down a bar somewhere, drink- ing, acting like a fool or sleeping under a freeway overpass somewhere to continue my bout of drinking the next day. And I'm not. I'm here, sober and play- ing the Tooth Fairy! is is the coolest thing in the world!" For most normal people this may not sound like much, but for someone like me, who spent years of my life and most of my children's lives drinking, this is truly amazing. I've read the Big Book (with a sponsor), worked the Steps and I've had a spiritual experience since being here. I am not sure which part of the book has the Promise, "Once you get sober you gettobeagooddad and play the Tooth Fairy," but for me this Promise has definitely come true. I owe my life to Alco- holics Anonymous and want to thank the program for helping me change my ways, suit up and show up and be present in my chil- dren's lives.Ryan C. El Sobrante, Calif. to know my own mind and discover my own limitations. I finally under- stood that all I had to do was "trust God, clean house and help others." "Rigorous honesty" was not just a catch phrase, but a way of life. "One Day at a Time" meant focusing my attention on what I was facing and doing the best I could with it ... right now. "Coming back" was no longer a chore; it was the high spot of my day. The blinders were off. I stopped complicating everything. The pink cloud returned ... this time to stay. Working with newcomers is now my greatest joy because now I know what to say to them. "Keep it simple. It works!" Robin S. Waldport, Ore. Very quietly I took the box, exchanged the tooth for some money and placed the box back under her pillow. I then tiptoed out of her room. Grapevine 53