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From the December 2017 magazine.

Thumbing for the Holidays

Broke and lonely, a newcomer looking to do service hits the road and gets an unexpected surprise

It was a cold and snowy Christmas morning when I awoke in my friend’s apartment. She had flown to California and asked me to house-sit for two weeks and feed her cat. I had been sober for barely two weeks. I was grateful because I had been “sofa surfing” since my car had been repossessed and was no longer available to provide sleeping accommodations.

Even if some of my friends with sofas had not grown tired of me, I didn’t want to impose on any of them for too long. I had been attending meetings for a couple of months when someone suggested that I try coming to meetings sober.

-- Bonnie R.

Ashe County, North Carolina, USA

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