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Grapevine : August 2011
FRACTURED FRIENDSHIP My last drinking buddy turned into my first sponsor. Our final night on the town ended with her swerving home across the Golden Gate Bridge and misplacing her car somewhere in Sausalito. Two weeks later, I called, suggesting we visit our favorite bar. She turned me down, stunning me with her reason: "I'm sober now." Her words hung in the air as I tried to interpret their meaning. I could hear the smile in her voice, as she continued. "I'm in AA. I've been sober for five days. Do you want to go to a meeting with me?" I manufactured a reason to hang up the phone and sat there on the couch, staring into space. My mind sped through the implications. If she is, then maybe I am. She was far worse ... at least when it came to wine. Maybe it won't last, she's just going through a phase. Would I Two women, inseparable in drinking and sobriety, until one relapses RELATIONSHIPS IN THE ROOMS 12 August 2011