From the January 1965 magazine.

Carrying the Message

Wanting to be wanted

Recently, I attended a new (to me) group meeting. After two and one half years of sobriety, I relearned an important truth.

When I arrived several men near the door nodded coolly as I said hello. Four ladies mumbled a weak response to my eager "Hi." They resumed an intimate, stranger-excluding conversation, so I--once a shy person before alcohol--reverted to my old tendencies and sat in an isolated chair and took a booklet from my handbag to concentrate on.

-- D. C.

Los Angeles, California

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