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Grapevine : November 2011
get me. He took me to two meetings that day, and a wonderful lady at the first meeting gave me her Big Book. I had seen that book on our bookshelf, collecting dust for many years, but really didn't know what was written on the pages. I finally opened it and started reading. For the first six months or so, I went to as many meetings as I pos- sibly could. I was finally truly listen- ing to what others were saying, as I was absolutely desperate. I found the description of myself in the Big Book under "More About Alcohol- ism." I was relieved to finally know that all the crazy, messed up things going on in my life---and more so in my head---were signs of my disease. And that there is a solution. I am on my second set of Steps with a wonderful group of ladies, and I'm very much loving growing and learning with them. From do- ing Step Four, believe it or not, I was happy to learn that I was my biggest resentment. I became aware that I was the only person in this whole world who I had the power to change. I have attained a wonderful support group of friends as I finally opened up to change, even though parts of me were terrified. I am learning and experiencing a calm- ness and serenity today that I always wanted but never imagined possible. I look forward to growing and learn- ing in the Fellowship for the rest of my life. Some people seem to think that after awhile, you don't need to be so involved anymore. I say bull! If it weren't for the program, Fellow- ship and power of the creator of this universe, I would not be the person I was always meant to be. I will for- ever do what I can to give back what has been so freely given to me. Carrie K. Surrey, British Columbia Discussion topic Iwas introduced to AA at theageof7whenmy mother sobered up," writes the author of "Welcome back." Yet, she started drinking herself when she was 10. "I grew up in the Fellowship of AA," she adds. "My mother sent my brother and me to Alateen. I went to many meetings with her." When the writer became a mother herself, it was an encounter with her own child that woke her up and helped her see that she too needed AA. She now has almost a year sober. Did you attend AA with your parents when you were young? Were you surprised when you needed the pro- gram yourself? How does your childhood experience in AA help you today? You may use this topic at a dis- cussion meeting, or share your experience on the i-Say bulletin board, www. aagrapevine.org. For more stories like this, visit aagrapevine.org /topic/beginners aagrapevine.org 55