From the May 2017 magazine.

Piggly Wiggly

Even as a kid, this small-town alcoholic couldn’t stop once he started. Now he can’t get enough of AA

I was born in Newborn, Tennessee. My father died when I was 2. He married my mother when she was 13. She had been an orphan in Tennessee. He was a farm laborer who had other children, so when he died, I had three brothers and three sisters, along with two half-sisters and two half-brothers. All of the half-siblings were older than my mother.

I started school at age 6. My first through fourth grade classes were taught in a one-room schoolhouse. On my first day of school, I got into a hot chocolate drinking contest and won. I...

-- Charlie W.

California, USA