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Grapevine : October 2011
She told me about all the fun she had at AA events. Higher Power. Someday, I know I'll be riding next to heronourwaytoabigAA convention. Kimberly L. Chowchilla, Calif. Not everyone relapses IMET a newcomer at my home group last night, and he asked the most interesting question: "Am I expected to have a relapse?" I assured him that relapse is not a requirement, or indeed, a viable choice. I love the ird Tradition---that the only requirement for AA mem- bership is a desire to stop drinking. It allows people who relapse to come back. It's wonderful. No recriminations, no scold- ing and no "I told you so." e returnee o en tells his story, how glad he is to be back among sober friends. What I don't hear are people saying that relapse is not part of their story. I have not had a drink since my first AA meeting. I hardly ever say that at a meeting. I'm going to change that. It's not bragging, or lack of humility to say that I've not had a relapse---as long as I remember to give credit where credit is due: I am sober today through the grace of God and the Fellowship of AA. Carol K. Sarasota, Fla. Bike buddies on recovery road ICAME to prison in 2009 on a 15-to-life sentence. I've been an alcoholic for 22 years, and am 35 now, with 2 years of sobriety. I met my sponsor Annette Y. in 2009 when she arrived at my prison unit. I didn't pay much attention to her until I found out that she rode a motorcycle. We started walking together every a ernoon and began talking. She told me about her childhood, her struggles, her clean time, and all the fun she had at AA events. She rode to other states on her motorcycle to attend events. She also spoke about her relapse and how it brought her to prison. I began to confide in her about my life, and we went to meetings together in our unit. I'm working the Steps for the first time, and I'm so thankful for my spon- sor and her honesty about her own life. I don't know ifI'dbewhoIamtodayif it weren't for her and my aagrapevine.org 5