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Grapevine : November 2011
calorie (3,000 calories to the square inch) cake. My son did all sorts of things. We were together (thanks to you). All this "one day at a time" day (thanks to you), we lived, we laughed, we loved, we did. A couple of extra people dropped in at dinnertime. We had enough (thanks to you), but they had already eaten. I kissed my son good night; he can stand my breath (thanks to you). I drove 1.2 miles to my home group; Tony C. gave a marvelous talk (he's thankful to you, too). Sat around and shot the breeze and came home. Had another piece of the low-cal cake. Read some of the Big Book---always new and refreshing. Just another beautiful day. I'll get around to the leaks when the rains stop. Words fail, but God bless each and every one of you for making this day possible. I'm convinced tonight---realizing the miracle I am, and having seen thirty or so other miracles just an hour ago--- that if I keep trying to live as you have shown me, one day God will let me express in words what all of this means to me. For tonight, though, thanks. In my prayers tonight, you'll all be there. Till God shows me the words, prayer is the only way I know. D.W.R. Detroit, Mich. could have been perfectly happy. I must practice my gratitude a day at a time. Gratitude is reality, an on- the-spot, right-here feeling. I said that the family had helped me to laugh at myself, and I thank God that I'm better at this than I used to be. Laughter dispels the imps and dragons inside us and helps us to stay sober in every way. Gerard Manley Hopkins, that great poet and mystic, said, "Or what is else? There is your world within./ There rid the dragons, there root out the sin./Your will is law in that small commonweal." (Personally, I prefer the word "mistake" to "sin.") There was a latecomer to our meeting. He'd just been to a bar, though he was not incoherent. He said that he couldn't seem to stay so- ber. He said he went to meetings, but they were such a bore. We all talked to him. I hope he heard some of it. I know that when I was drinking, I was always hunting for the answer outside myself. I did not know that I had to identify with my good and respond to it. AA taught me that. Thanks to AA, I have learned that everything depends on my own atti- tude, not the other way around.F. M. New Canaan, Conn. e wonderments of AA spill forth ... I kissed my son good night; he can stand my breath. aagrapevine.org 23