From the February 2018 magazine.

Educating Pamela

Once drunk in a pile of ungraded papers, a teacher gets schooled on how to stay sober and get her joy back

The first time I came into the rooms, I went to 14 meetings in 10 days. During the 14th AA meeting, I stood up and read a poem in front of 70 people. I had no idea how “off” I was.

When the meeting was over, only one person in the room shook my hand. No one else acknowledged me. It was horrifying. I slunk out, thinking that these were not my people. It’s too bad I let one room dash the hopes I’d begun to develop over the prior 13 meetings.

-- Pamela H.

Canandaigua, New York, USA

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