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Grapevine : November 2011
For travel reasons, my family decided to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday one week early this year. In addition to our large ex- tended family, many friends were in- vited to join, and we ended up with a total of 46 people, 15 of whom were children under the age of 14. Besides the children, I was the only one at the celebration who doesn't drink. My family gatherings seem to contain only normal drink- ers---people who I would not consid- er to be alcoholic. Nobody gets slop- Child's play How service saved the day at a holiday family affair py drunk, violent, verbally abusive, angry or overly emotional. Most of the time when I am at a family gath- ering, I don't even notice that people are drinking alcohol. There is always a very well- stocked bar at holiday celebrations, including fancy alcohols and some very tasty-sounding concoctions that I never heard of because I got sober before they went on the market. I never liked the taste of alcohol. I drank strictly for the effect, not the taste. So I always preferred the "foo OUR PERSONAL STORIES aagrapevine.org 33