by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Grapevine : May 2011
28 May 2011 T his past winter, i drove down to our little park, and some teenagers began throwing snowballs at my car. One hit my wind- shield hard. i burst into a rage. i ground my teeth as i stopped the car. The kids must have seen that i was furious. how gratifying! i got out of the car, and i can’t tell you what my in- tentions were. Was i going to kill all the little darlings and chop them into small pieces? The absurdity of the thing hit me, and i began to laugh. i made a couple of snowballs and threw them at the kids. Theythrewafewatme.A good time was now being had by all. i said, “i think my score’s pretty good for an adult.” And i got back into the car and drove off, laughing. it’s wonderful when we can see a ridiculous ele- ment in something we’re doing or thinking that’s wrong. in the snowball episode, i admitted that i was being an ass. i didn’t need God or an AA friend for that one, though i told on myself later. Anger, like fear, is de- structive and self-destruc- tive. so are envy, resent- ment, self-pity, insecurity. Fear and insecurity can make us opinionated and domineering, which isn’t good for our nearest and dearest. Good old aged- in-the-wood resentments More ups than downs A prank shows her the futility of her rage while working on the Fifth Step RepRinted fRom GRapevine maGazine, June 1974 GRAPE_28-29.indd 28 4/4/11 1:07 PM