From the May 2014 magazine.

A Month in the Country

Photo by Jen D.

I always smile when I hear a recovering person say they cannot have a healthy relationship. My love story starts in 1995. I was 15 years sober, newly retired and taking a year off before looking for another job. My plan was to visit friends and relatives in Florida for the winter. Well, that didn’t work out, so I volunteered for the month of February at the Wilson House in Vermont. One day, after I was there a week, this man arrived. He had 30 years sober. That’s where it all began.

That very night a visitor asked us how long we had been married. I answered that I had seen some...

-- Anonymous