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From the August 2018 magazine.

Could have been me

It’s many days later, and I’m still thinking about him, this man I saw at a meeting. I was only half paying attention, because I was tired and didn’t really want to be there. When it was my turn to share, I passed. When it was his turn, he said he was having a hard time. He said he was drunk.

I had seen people in meetings I thought were drunk, but I had never heard anyone admit it. The dynamic in the room shifted. I could feel everyone listening to him. He spoke haltingly. He said he was older and had been struggling for some time.

-- Eileen K.

Springfield, Illinois

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