DRINKING ALCOHOL TAUGHT ME HOW TO FLY
THEN IT TOOK AWAY THE SKY

Monday, September 29, 2008

I'LL DRINK TO THAT--MAKE IT COFFEE


Blueberries and coffee

LIFE IS SHORT--STAY SOBER NOW!


At one of my favorite meetings, several members were celebrating anniversaries. There was a guy with 32 years, a girl with 23 years, a 17-year-sober fellow, another friend with 8 years, and a young man sober 5 days. The fellow I was sitting with was attending his very first AA meeting! Hey, I KNOW all these people.


Sunday I played violin at three masses, one celebrated by our bishop. At that mass, we had an English and Spanish choir, flute, two guitars, piano, organ, and me. At the mass I noticed a girl in the choir smiling at me, so I asked her (in a whisper) "Do I know you?" Of course, you all sort of know the answer, "Yes, you were at the meeting on 'anonymity' last night!" She feared, since the director knew that SHE was in AA, that she might "break my anonymity" by being friendly. Ha!


Since then, two people at meetings have said they were at one of the masses, and saw me in the music group. It seems like wherever I go, there is someone from the program, that's because there are so many of us here. More than McDonald's, I enjoy Starbucks for coffee, because that's where the alcoholics (recovering!) hang out.


It is so wonderful to be surrounded with fellow AA members, on-line, off-line, in line, out of line, everywhere, anywhere, at hospice or hospital, Country Club or AA Club, Ritz Carlton or Joe's Motel and Grill, Saks Fifth Avenue or Dollar Store.

Life just does not get any better than THIS, my friends! Thank you for being......


Photo by:
Nick (The Coffee Detective)
Montreal, Canada

11 comments:

Kristin H. said...

"It is so wonderful to be surrounded with fellow AA members, on-line, off-line, in line, out of line, everywhere, anywhere, at hospice or hospital, Country Club or AA Club, Ritz Carlton or Joe's Motel and Grill, Saks Fifth Avenue or Dollar Store."

It sure is.

Thank YOU Dr. Seuss-o-roni.

Lou said...

Now I know why I prefer Starbucks.

That sounds very lovely-3 masses!

indistinct said...

We are never alone. So cool!

Akannie said...

What a wonderful musical mass that must have been!

Starbucks coffee is my new Glenlivet. HA! But I go every few weeks and buy 2 big one pound bags of beans and grind 'em to my hearts content.

After I ahd lived here about 6 months, I was out with my sister (who has lived here her entire life) and she said in amazement "My gosh--how do you know all these people ??????" lol They were all folks from meetings. I just said...I'm never a stranger in a new town for long...

Thanks love-a-roni, for starting my day out on a happy note!

Kathy Lynne said...

I always feel comforted when I run into one of us in the "real" world. A wink, a knowing nod, a heartfelt how are you...just feels good. I was having coffee once with a normal (or at least she thinks she is) person and about a half a dozen people passed by our table and said hello to me. It felt great to have alot of friends.

AlkySeltzer said...

Annie, in 1975 I went to University
in Kirksville MO for a Master's, a complete stranger in that town. My first two weeks I was in hospital for an as yet undiagnosed illness. One day the Dean came to visit, and it really surprised him that there were a dozen guys and girls in my room, holding a meeting,

Two weeks prior I had not met even one of those people!

I haven't heard the word Glenlivet for a long time, either! (sigh!)

PRAYER GIRL said...

Following the theme of the last few days:
"Life is short--stay sober now!"
"Life is short - eat dessert first!

Life is short-pass the positive on!
Life is short-live it "today"!
Life is short-have a Starbucks coffee!
ETC.
:)

Banana Girl said...

What a great post! Especially the "out of line" part. Had quite a few of those lately in and out of the rooms. It is wonderful. I keep coming back to find the wonder full. J.

J-Online said...

ya know....you are right. even during the down times, life is pretty good!

Syd said...

I have often wished that Al-Anon had the same kind of social fellowship as AA. Maybe we are just more somber--but the meeting after the meeting is something that I like.

Steve said...

For over 10 years I was an addict and needed dual diagnosis rehab when I got the help I needed, I could start living my life again.