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Grapevine : May 2011
In the half- measures room man to man until only a few min- utes were left. The last person to speak was the lady with gentle des- peration in her eyes who had tem- porarily revived a dead meeting. What she said I will never forget. “I have been sober for six weeks, out of treatment for two, and my 16-year-old son committed suicide last night.” Her talk was not lengthy, but she mentioned that this was her first meeting in over a week. I had never seen any of these people before, nor do I recall seeing any of them again. Today, I consider them angels in disguise, especially the lady. This experience, which occurred back in 1983, is as vivid in my mind now as it was then. I learned the value of passing it on by simply saying yes to AA, which I continue to do today, if at all possible. I have shared this story only a few times over the years. I have learned that many are willing to do more in AA, but because single moms have it pretty rough, sometimes they are just lucky to even make it to a meeting. And that counts too. Jim O. Waller, Texas A little action can turn an empty room into a meeting that helps someone. PhOTObyDIANNeR. aagrapevine.org 55 GRAPE_54-55.indd 55 4/4/11 1:03 PM