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Grapevine : April 2011
O ne night, a man came to my home group to share his story. He did a good job, speaking of the vital role his home group played in his life and the quality of his sobriety. As he concluded, he told us they would be celebrating an anniver- sary soon, and invited us to join them. He sounded so sincere that I actually went, although he seemed a bit sur- prised when I actually showed up. Anyway, I continued to make the occasional meeting there, as it was a long drive for me. One night, which happened to be another anniversary meeting, I noticed that there was only one name on the cake, a woman named Barbara. I thought that was strange because she wasn't even there. But, a group officer rose and explained why they still celebrated, even in her absence. He said that Barbara had come to their group and gotten sober. Honoring Barbara After a devastating accident, a home group pays respects She'd also gotten married and had a daughter. One afternoon, unfor- tunately, she had a terrible automo- bile accident, which left Barbara in a coma. He said that in the following weeks, then months, her family had consulted many experts who had seen and examined Barbara, yet she remained in a coma. Naturally, her group was concerned and would visit occasionally and keep in touch with her daughter. Eventually, the anniversary month of Barbara's sobriety came and they wanted to include her. Knowing she wouldn't be able to at- tend, they decided that because she was a sober group member, and cer- tainly she hadn't left the group, they would put her name on the cake along with everyone else's. The years went on and, sadly, Barbara remained in a coma. But every year, on Barbara's anniversary, they put her name on the cake. At one point, all the other celebrants for 56 April 2011