NOTE: In Akron, Ohio, at Dr Bob's home,
a greeter at the door announces to all who enter,
in a musical, slowly paced voice, "Welcome Home!"
At my 7 AM meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, I've been acting as official greeter for a couple months. This morning my sponsor--who has one year less of sobriety than I, big deal--well, he walked up, and I said my usual, "Welcome Home" line, reaching out to shake his hand. He informed me that he thought he was suffering from a highly contagious disease, and so would not shake my hand.
I felt a bit of sorrow for him, and five seconds later, he had both arms around some young thing (girl), was hugging her and KISSED her! (Later he informed me that it was SHE kissed HIM--but I know that a good kiss takes TWO!) Only then did it dawn on my dimwitted brain, that I had not called him or even seen him for several weeks...and he was using contagiousness to illustrate that fact. (Like, I had not been with him because of his being contagious!)
Guess what was the meeting topic? Sponsorship! Isn't that the way it happens--EVERY time? So I had to admit to myself and to a small AA group of ninety other people-grin-, my very recent 'sponsor-contagious-disease' experience. Of course, that included my own laxity in making use of my sponsor. (He didn't even know Anna and I had been away on a 7-night cruise!) Well....I'm still learning. But hey, these are things I teach OTHERS, to keep their sponsor informed of EVERYTHING! And here I'm 'guilty as charged' for not doing them myself! Sound familiar?
As in: "Do as I say, not as I DO!" (sigh!) Guess I am 'home', after all?