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Grapevine : September 2011
tell them what AA did for him. I have noticed in my group as well as others that when a newcomer comes into the room, they look around and sit at the middle table, quite o en unnoticed by oth- ers in the room. ey are only recog- nized a er they are asked if there are any newcom- ers. When the ladies enter they all go to one table until there are no more chairs. e men go to the back and fill that table. It's like a barnyard---the hens to the le and the roosters to the back, newcomers in the middle. ey sit all alone all through the meet- ing. Someone hands them a12StepbookandaBig Book and a list of phone numbers and walks away. What happened to mingling with the newcom- ers and visitors? Have we forgotten how we felt when we attended our first meeting? I am doing self-seeking and feel that I've neglected to be sup- portive and understanding toward the newcomer. I do remember where I come from and ask for forgive- ness, if I've neglected a newcomer. anks for listening. I am only point- ing my finger at myself because I do forget. Ernie P. Inverness, Fla. Illness IHAVE been sober and attending AA meetings for 30 years through the grace of God and the company I keep. Two years ago, I was told I had inoperable lung cancer and only had a year to live. One of my sponsees said, "I bet you think you might as well drink." My response was "I'd be afraid I wouldn't die." A er I had my last drink, I had DTs. I'll never forget how I was, going to meetings and sharing my story. I'm positive I don't want to relive that horror! We must do this together. I had a PET scan four months ago that the doc- tors said was a miracle! I am cancer free!! I thank God each day for bringing me to AA, because AA brings me closer to God.Diane H. St. Mary's, Ga. Help, not judge IWOULD not be alive today had there not been AA. Just to think that two alcoholic men could have put two sentences together, let alone a Fel- lowship that has saved mil- lions and millions of people su ering with the disease of alcoholism. My year of depression is coming to an end, because I found I re- ally like myself. Who would have thought? I really encourage ev- eryone who has a problem to try it out. We are here to help and not judge. We've learned that being judgmental doesn't get you anything other than pain or a black eye. For one dollar I can have one hour of great discussions and love, and learn more about myself and what alcohol does to me. I know that talk won't go out of the rooms, and that makes me feel safe to speak my mind. People only know you by your first name. It is just this sim- ple---Alcoholics Anonymous is a lifesaver, MINE. Laura A. East Granby, Conn. 6 September 2011