A bit early, Okay?
MY SIX-WORD SATURDAY
"THE RIDE WAS WORTH THE WAIT"
MY 600-WORD SATURDAY
LIVING WITH JOY
At my first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous, I didn't wait for someone to "give" me a Big Book. I bought one. I wanted it all--right now!
When it was announced that people could borrow a long-timer's book titled "A.A. Comes of Age", I got in front of the line. I devoured the contents of that book in two nights. I was not a reader then, nor now. But I wanted it all--right now!
My second meeting, one week later (this was in March 1974), I discovered the GRAPEVINE, and became a subscriber immediately. I wanted all of it--NOW!
The August 2009 Grapevine I am holding in my hand at this moment has some special significance for me. The theme for this month's 'special section' is THE JOY OF LIVING.
My father, an extremely active deaf-and-blind guy, died in 1978. Two nuns wrote a book about him--self-published--titled LIVING WITH JOY. Imagine!
Each time I have run across those words (The joy of living) in our AA literature, it has occasioned the memory of my Pop who could not fathom people having a problem with alcohol...other than that they were spineless creatures who could not control themselves.
Example: I was "dumb" for drinking too much, and creating problems all around me and my family, later with my friends, and more later, with fellow students in high school and college, and after that, bigger problems with co-workers, then legal problems.
Pop said often to me, "You can do everything...everything, in moderation. If you cannot do that, you are nothing but a weakling.
He, who, all my life--in German--called me "500 dumb asses" many, many times in public until he died in 1978...is probably one of the reasons I stayed alcohol-free from the night before my first AA meeting. I would stay drink-free in spite of his crap, I decided. He was my "enabler"--my father enabled me to stay sober! How about that? Thanks, Pop! I sincerely mean "thanks".
Stay sober with me today...please? I need you all to be here where I can read and learn, and change.
I am grateful for a growing list of grat'es...but this blog is long enough (again!). So, another time. Thank You God! For all of this "everything"! WWW--What a Wonderful World!