From the June 2014 magazine.

Magic Carpet Ride

Being the area Grapevine chair took him places he never dreamed of

For years, I was a recreational reader of Grapevine. That is, when my copy arrived in the mail, it usually found its way to my nightstand or bathroom. When the mood struck me, I would thumb through the magazine, mostly interested in the “Dear Grapevine” letters section, the jokes and perhaps the stories I could use to help the men I sponsored. I rarely read every story in a monthly issue. Periodically I gathered up back issues and contributed them to a speaker meeting so they could be passed on.

My perspective on Grapevine began to change the year I married another member of our Fellowship. A month after our wedding, Cathy was surprised to find in the mail a parcel in a black plastic wrapper addressed to me. She fretted all day. When I came home from work that evening, she asked me to open the suspicious packet. Cathy was quite relieved to find out it contained that month’s Grapevine and not something from a sleazy porn shop.

-- James H.

Corpus Christi, Texas

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