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Grapevine : August 2011
Mitchell, South Dakota; and now to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Her hus- band has been deployed four times to two different conflicts and the baby she was pregnant with in 1997 is in the seventh grade. I have been through a divorce, my mom died, my son has grown up and is in college, and there have been extremely dif- ficult financial situations and heart- ache throughout the years. Oh, and we both quit smoking! It has always been so easy to pick up the phone and call my "little sister in sobriety." Tears roll down my cheeks when I realize how much she means to me. Between the dif- ficult times, there has been so much laughter and joy: Our Saturday morning women's meeting; Sunday morning Eleventh Step; gratitude retreats at Myrtle Beach; dancing and laughing every chance we got. My BFF is constantly on the prowl to find me a husband. Once, after she was involved in a near-fa- tal car incident, she noticed the re- sponding firefighter was handsome and about my age, so, amidst sob- bing and the post-crash turmoil, she asked if he was single. I'm sure he thought she was in shock. The laughter and dancing con- tinued in San Antonio, Texas, at the International Convention in July 2011. JoanE came in from Colorado, I traveled from North Carolina, an- other friend and JoanE's sponsor Kim came from California. We had been planning this trip for almost five years and it almost didn't happen, as I became unex- pectedly unemployed a few months before the convention and wasn't sure I could afford it. JoanE held our vision together and came to the res- cue, paying for my registration and room. My wonderful brother pitched in with his frequent flyer miles and there we were, in San Antonio, Tex- as, in a sober conga line with alco- holics from all around the world. For me, the best part of the convention was seeing each other again. I have a new job now and plans are already underway for us to meet in Atlanta, Georgia, in July 2015, for the next International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous. At that point (one day at a time), I will be 60 years old, with 18 years of sobriety. JoanE will be 40 with 20 years under her belt. Keep a look out for us if you go. We'll probably be at the head of the conga line, dancing and laughing like we're sure God wants us to. This time, the room and registration will be on me. Beverly R. Fayetteville, N.C. It has always been so easy to pick up the phone and call my 'little sister in sobriety.' 26 August 2011