From the January 2012 magazine.

All Aboard the AA Meeting

Two alcoholics hold an impromptu meeting aboard a cruise ship and help each other stay sober that day

Four winters ago, my teenaged daughter convinced me to take her on a Caribbean cruise. It was my first cruise and will probably be my last. However, despite the passage of time, I still recollect a fellow alcoholic I met onboard and wonder how he's faring on terra firma.

Every morning at about 4 a.m., the printed schedule for the day was slipped under each cabin door. Every day I noticed this announcement: "8 a.m.: AA Meeting in Ship's Library." With a few 24 hours under my belt, I had hit several meetings before the trip, so I thought, "Well, I don't really need a meeting..." My daughter and I passed the library occasionally, going to or from breakfast, and saw the AA pie tin hanging on the door knob. I thought: "What a handsome library." But I kept on walking.

-- Kathryn G.

Bedford Village, New York

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