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Grapevine : August 2011
embarked on a new, sober journey. I found a home group close to where I work and live and met some nice men and women at the meeting. One day, a core group of the women said they were headed to another meet- ing and asked if I'd like to go. I used to decline most group invitations, but this time, thank God, I said yes. After a great meeting, we head- ed to Judy's home for coffee and snacks. I felt fairly comfortable, which was very unusual, as we sat in the living room and talked up a storm. A woman named Marie said that she used to be part of a support group of women who called them- selves "The Geese." We all listened intently as Marie explained that the group was named The Geese because geese are innately support- ive of one another. When geese fly, she said, there is a point bird, one who leads the flock. The group be- hind all benefit from the wind off of the leaders wings, which makes their flight easier. When the lead bird gets tired, it falls behind and another bird takes its place. When a bird becomes too sick or tired, they leave the group and land. What is so exceptional about geese, Marie continued, is that two birds from the flock follow the injured bird and stay until it is healthy enough to re- turn to the sky or until the injured bird dies. When all is well, the birds return to the air and start a flock of their own. Thank you Alcoholics Anony- mous for giving me the greatest sec- ond life imaginable, and I'd like to offer a final, hearty "Honk! Honk!" to all my fellow geese out there, wherever they might be. Anonymous Running in the Family WEB EXCLUSIVE Each week, Grapevine publishes five new stories at www.aagrapevine.org ese stories and more are available to online subscribers. To learn more about how to subscribe, please visit, http://store. aagrapevine.org For many of us, alcoholism is a family disease. In one story online, "Bottom of the Ninth," a woman tells the story of not only her own road to sobriety, but that of her father. In another story, a man tells of how he was able to find AA long a er his father rejected the solutions of the program. In other stories, we learn how members are able stay sober while they rebuild fractured relationships with their parents, children and even former spouses. aagrapevine.org 41