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From the September 2014 magazine.

The Road from Reno

On a cross-country trip with his parents, a son learns a valuable lesson while making amends to his mom

STEP NINE: Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

As the plane took off my father asked, “Is it going to bother you if I use these two free drink coupons on this flight?” He wasn’t going to drink them, but they were free and he was a frugal man. I was just about two years sober and the last thing he wanted to do was to put my sobriety at risk. At my first AA birthday he had asked my sponsor, “How much do I owe you?” That was the only way he knew how to say thank you. We are not wealthy by any means, and I had lived on my own for more than 20 years, but he was grateful for what AA had done for me and my family.

-- Don A.

Germantown, Tennessee

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