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Blaming Bob

An angry newcomer finds love and patience at the meeting

I have been sober 10 years now, but I can remember my fourth AA meeting as if it were yesterday. My first meeting was on a Tuesday night. I left that meeting armed with a schedule of meetings to attend over the next week. I wrote them down and it didn't look difficult.

Along came Friday night, a miserable rainy January night. I was afraid of driving in the rain, especially at night, but I came in here wanting to stay sober and was pretty willing to do anything. I knew I had to get to that meeting. I got in the car and, for the first time, honestly prayed. I asked God to help me get...

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