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Grapevine : November 2011
rest of her life. I didn't like Him above much. I was angry and hurt. I remember AA meetings com- ing into the jail, but only weekly. I thought I didn't need AA, but I sure needed out of that cell. It was bullpen style---seven women to one cell, two toilets and a shower, and a TV on the wall. There were single cells for the violent ladies, next to ours. I needed a meeting. I only heard half of it, but found myself needing to talk, and I began to listen to their stories. I got lots of support. They were very kind and honest. Every first Monday the same two women came, every second Monday a single lady arrived, and so on. Every Monday they were there. They told me I could make this my bottom and to go to a meeting in my town when I was released. I prom- ised I'd go. I did, and made it my home group. It was at an event for the group's 65 th anniversary that I ran into these same ladies and asked for their phone numbers. I said that I was having my one year sobriety anni- versary the next month and would be happy if they could make it. They did. They made the hour-and-a-half drive. We all cried. It just felt great, even magical, to be a part of some- thing as big as what these ladies had done for me. I love them, my spon- sor and the program! My heart aches a little less ev- ery day for the loss of my best friend. No one could ever take her place, but I have gained 100 friends and a truly honest program. My sponsor is a fabulous person. I'm learning to live again, with the greater power and strength of a remarkable sup- port group. Thanks to those ladies and my home group, I will be sharing this story and having my two-year so- briety anniversary. Ladies of H & I do not get enough credit, but at my one year, I spoke of them and their service. It was a night to remember--- always. When I get my license back in October I will be driving to share meetings with them in the country! Nathalie H. Sacramento, Calif. She had been unhappy and drinking heavier. Her son in Florida knew the drummer, and she wanted to get his autograph and introduce herself. She was writing notes and asking guards. Security was looking to toss us out! aagrapevine.org 37