A Father's Legacy
Through the 12 Steps, she was able to forgive her father at the end of his life
My dad was in AA when I was a kid growing up in suburban Detroit in the 60s. I remember seeing his Big Book on top of his dresser, and hundreds of copies of the Grapevine stacked on shelves in my parents' bedroom.
He meticulously kept each one. I remember answering the phone at dinnertime one night, and he quickly took the call when I said it was "Central Office."
I also remember pleading with him to stay home on Saturday nights as he put on a coat and tie and he said he was going out to a "meeting." Later he took me with him to Saturday night AA speaker meetings, Sunday...
Me And My Turkey
Nearly 35 years into sobriety, he is grateful for some of the particularly bad memories
One night in the car, she and her sister heard from their HP
The Dreams I Dreamt
A member reflects on the things alcohol took away and that sobriety restored
An Emotional Life
In AA, she learned to stop covering up how she really felt