This is Steve E, reporting from Tampa FL, where spring is truly showing itself, raising her skirts just above her ankles, know what I mean? Prayer Girl and I are here for her son's wedding, his first...and he's almost age forty!
I always have trouble believing that someone is joining together with someone else "until death do we part" for the FIRST TIME. I don't think I ever experienced a "first time" being married (or anything -grin!). Funny, the only "first thing" I can recall now is my first day of not drinking, and I shall NEVER forget that! Never.
OH! And my first girl friend. How could I ever forget her? I was age 4, and when she and her family moved away 10 years later...life ended for me. Nellie Jane Wynn, 3 or 4 years my senior, was from Kentucky, but lived on the farm with us near Cincinnati. Oh, God, what do I do to myself, forming attachments which should never have been at all...but which last lifetimes? Nellie Jane and I shared everything...everything.
On the other hand, incidents which linger still in memory are what and who I am. That is one of what makes our program so wonderful. Good or bad, the "stuff" is in there, and our steps relieve me of the bondage of the past, and the present bondage of self. Ha! Who would have guessed? And God will do it, if I let Him! Holy Moly, Batman!
On the way to Tampa this morning, I developed an attack of vertigo. If ya never experienced it, believe me, you do not want to. It is so debilitating, defines itself instantly, and does not let you have any idea how long it will be in residence. It is characterized by extreme dizziness, the falling-down kind, nausea, and a definite longing for immediate death. Fortunately, I had earlier adhered to Prayer Girl's wishes that we NOT bike it to Tampa. A few hours in bed and it went away. Sometimes an episode has lasted me three days.
At noon Saturday, I'll be playing violin at the children's wedding. Families have arrived from many places, east and west. Most of the attendees I have not met until this evening. I got to identify more than a few "members-in-training" for our AA program! What fun, to notice that we will never die out from lack of prospects. I should not call it fun...but it IS exciting!
Again, I certainly began this, to write a few brief sentences. But nothing spoken or written is BRIEF with me, hence another Blong goes out to its spacial residence. Glad we're all here.
Pray with me for those who are looking toward a huge approaching snow storm in the Rockies today and tonight (Saturday!), and I will close with that.
In Love and service,