From the May 2012 magazine.

May 2012: Stitch and Giggle

With a firm hand, she showed a newcomer how to create a sober pattern that wouldn't unravel

On October 21, 2000 I attended my first AA meeting. I was so afraid to go home after work when I came into AA. All I knew how to do by this time was work and drink. Truth be told, I drank more than I worked. I was 45 minutes early—and afraid. As I walked up I saw this elderly lady sitting on a bench crocheting and smoking a cigarette. She smiled at me, introduced herself and said, “Welcome. Have a seat.” Little did I know I had just met the woman who would become my “temporary sponsor.”

I told her I didn’t know what to do, I had just gotten off work and was afraid to go home. She said, “Honey, you are exactly where you are supposed to be. None of us know how to do that when we first get here.” She told me her story, and I shared mine, and then we attended the meeting where she sat in her seat crocheting and smiling while passing out jellybeans to the people around her.

-- Laura J.

Palm Springs, California

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