From the December 2019 magazine.

A Cold December Night

Watching two AA guys on a Twelfth Step call was a Christmas Eve gift he’ll never forget

Christmas of 1976 was to be a grand adventure. It began with a ride of more than 24 hours on a bus from Houston, Texas to Chicago. Part of the trip back was on the train that later would become famous in the Arlo Guthrie song The City of New Orleans. 

But the trip was not a traditional Christmas visit. My friend in Chicago was a psychiatric resident, which is a psychiatrist in training, in a large hospital in downtown Chicago. He was scheduled for on-call duty on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning. I was a graduate student in clinical psychology and my friend had arranged with his supervisors for me to accompany him while he was on-call.

-- Joe G.

Athens, Ohio

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