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Grapevine : May 2011
fell off the wagon after 15 months in AA and became a walking time bomb. My wife of 51 years divorced me, setting me deeper into the bot- tle. My three children came from three separate parts of the West to escort me into another session of re- covery. I got out, got drunk and was promptly arrested again for DUI. I was in such bad shape when I was incarcerated that, for three days, I could not carry my food tray from the serving line to the table. After this three–day period, thanks to a lot of sedative, I was able to manip- ulate on my own again. After spending almost a year trying to fight what my attorney felt was a bum rap, I finally pled guilty in order to put an end to it and was released on probation. It was necessary, of course, for me to start AA again. I have developed a completely different attitude this time. I am the president of the local Alano Club and chair at least three meetings a week. I have built a rapport with my ex- wife and family that is much happier and soul–warming than I deserve. I even got joint custody of our lovable Border Collie. My ex-wife and I go out to dinner occasionally, I mow her lawn once a week and try to be avail- able when she calls me to do the nor- mal “honey-do’s” that all husbands are cursed with. When I was going into the bot- tle, she was getting into religion and still feels like she does not need a man in her house. I still hope, how- ever, that some day, before we pass on to a greater reward, we can once again share a portion of what we had through 50 years of marriage. I have become patient enough to wait, knowing fully it may never occur, but I continue to hope. Patrick B. Napa, Ind. G RAPEvINE is seeking stories about “Relationships in the Rooms” for the August issue. Fellowship is one of the cornerstones of recovery. The relationships and bonds that we form in the rooms (friends, sponsors, etc.) can have a big impact on recovery. Send us your stories of recovery and relationships and bonds that you have formed within the rooms. The deadline for submissions is April 25, 2011. The September 2011 issue theme is “Dealing with Loss.” Loss happens as a part of living life on life’s terms. It’s our reaction that makes a difference. This is- sue will focus on members’ stories of loss and how the AA program helped them to cope. Deadline for submissions is May 25, 2011. visit aagrapevine.org for details and for submission guidelines. Call FOR aRTIClES aagrapevine.org 41 GRAPE_39-41.indd 41 4/4/11 1:04 PM