March 2011: An ordinary woman
From the March 2011 Grapevine Magazine
Thirty extraordinary years of passing it on
"I wanted what she had, and I prayed for the willingness to ask her to be my sponsor."
I sobered up in rural Mississippi in 1979. I did not know there were a lot of women in Alcoholics Anonymous for several months. I went to meetings near the small town I was living in, and there were mostly men at those meetings back then. Having hit a low bottom and desperate for sobriety, I was just grateful to have help of any kind.
When I had been sober about seven months I began venturing out looking for other meetings. I discovered there were women in sobriety about 50 miles from where I lived. I started driving between 200 and 300 miles a week to go to meetings with other...