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

Monday, November 17, 2008

TUESDAY: AN "M" WORD

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS HAS TAUGHT ME
HOW TO BUILD BRIDGES INSTEAD OF WALLS


MEETING NEW PEOPLE

At mass Sunday morning, my music director introduced me to a lady I've 'seen around' for awhile. Her name is Madeleine. She is a survivor of a German concentration camp--and has some stories to tell, you betchum. I'm going to interview her next week. Already she gave me to recall how I was told how the reality of WAR is unimaginable, so as to defy description. I could see it in her eyes. She must be around age 90 by now.

Also, a little girl I'll call Abby has attached herself to our music group (I play a violin) at Sunday's masses. She likes to sit with me during the homily, etc. And she holds a song book, trying to sing along. She is so cute. She is about age 9. She wants to help me put my violin back in the case after mass. God, then I think, in ten years I might meet her in the rooms, recovering from some drug or other....

So, I'm still out "meeting the girls", one age 90, the other 9. Of course, our music director is about age yt7f23pw {now, what happened to this keyboard?} and she's awful nice also, very helpful to old fiddle players!

Our beautiful program of Alcoholics Anonymous allows me to interact with other people, colorful people, each of whom has a story for telling--all they need is a listener. And some times I can be that one who hears their truth. And as often as not, I also wind up carrying a message of one kind or another.
A message of HOPE. A message of GOOD CHEER. A message of PEACE! A message of LOVE!

Thank You, God--for putting all sorts of people in my path. And thank you, AA members, who taught me to recognize the goodness I now see in others.

meet-a-roni

15 comments:

Zanejabbers said...

AHA! Just fiddling around. I hope you share part of Madeleine's story with us. As for little Abby, I wonder if she has blue eyes, wears pink, and is a blonde. Or if her Granny writes as Trailboss. One never knows. Hee Hee.

Shadow said...

everyone we meet contributes to something in our lives. it's inevitable. and beautiful when it has such meaning as you describe here.

Lou said...

All ages, all kinds..that's what makes my world go round too.

Laura said...

I love this post and the picture of these different women passing through your life. What a blessing.

big Jenn said...

Aahh, A ladies man! Why am I not suprised! People, male or female , recognise your loving spirit! Thanks, jeNN

Jess Mistress of Mischief said...

Awesome day!

♥Shann♥ said...

good morning, and I too am grateful for the amazing peeps that God puts in my life ♥

Gabriella Moonlight said...

Souls that are to meet, do just that, meet. Even in the oddest or most interesting of circumstances, but mostly in the most common and quiet of circumstances.

Thank you for this post!
Good reminder to build a bridge, rather than a wall!

GM~*

Kristin H. said...

I always like to get the person's name. Just as you gave us their names. Because I know that they are in my life for a reason and it just seems to make it more personal. Nice post.

AlkySeltzer said...

Kristin, I also like to read their names...but I try to be careful and change them a little to protect others. This Internet can be a place full of "craziness"...

Thanks for all your comments, and thank you for "Gabby"--you're a real PAIR!

Syd said...

I like the people that I've me tin the program. But there are still times when I think about just getting together with a friend and find that I don't have many close ones. It's as if I know many people but have just a few very close friends.

PRAYER GIRL said...

God is always so busy in our lives and the lives of those he brings us in contact with.

I have to cultivate the being aware of his loving hand in the middle of these encounters - in the middle of my life.

Findon said...

Hello Steve nice to meet you. I have no objections to what you requested. Thats if you don,t mind me dropping by to see your blog.

Mary Christine said...

What's an "M" word?

AlkySeltzer said...

Beats me!