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Grapevine : June 2011
Dear Grapevine care for, or even never attend. I try to share that the meeting might save a life. But am I the mes- senger? Today a young man came into my Thursday meeting a little late. I al- ways sit in the same seat, and my sponsees sit with me. One of them was not there and he asked me if he can sit where she sits. I said yes. My sponsee came in and got a chair and sat with us. I know how hard it is to come into a meeting where you don’t know anyone. The young man bounced throughout the whole meeting. Some shared that when they came in they could not sit still and in time they learned to sit still. After the meeting I asked Ken to come and talk to him; other men came over too. I believe they were carrying the message. Anonymous Newcomer keeps us sober The terrified expres- sion on her face was all-too-familiar. Tears ran down her cheeks, and her trembling was visible. “I’m ____, and I’m an alcoholic,” she said, “and I just can’t live like this anymore.” The 25-year veteran sitting next to me leaned over and whispered, “Oh, I remember feeling like Message or mess? DO I carry the mes- sage or the mess? I don’t know. I like to think I carry the message. I hear a lot at meetings, at breaks—we have breaks at meetings in district 47 in Area 59, in PA. What I hear is people putting down other meetings in our district, that they don’t understand or don’t I try to share that the meeting might save a life. photoMichaelD. Vol. 68, No. 1. GRAPEVINE (ISSN# 1947-9972) is published monthly by AA Grapevine, Inc., 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115. Subscriptions: $27 for one year (CAN $31 US), $51 for two years (CAN $59 US); outside US and Canada, $39 US for one year, $75 US for two years. Copyright @ 2011 by AA Grapevine, Inc. All rights reserved. “Alcoholics Anonymous” and “A.A.” are registered Trademarks of A.A. World Services, Inc.; “Box 1980,” “AA Grapevine,” “GV,” and “The Grapevine” are registered trademarks of AA Grapevine, Inc. Periodical postage paid at New York, New York and at additional entry offices. For subscription information, call: (800) 631-6025, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Postmaster: Send address changes to GRAPEVINE, Box 16867, North Hollywood, CA 91615-6867. 4 June 2011 GRAPE_4-6.indd 4 4/29/11 3:51 PM