From the December 1944 magazine.

The Children Say What A.A. Means to Them

I Hate to Think Where Mother Would Be. . .

The first time I encountered Mother under the influence of liquor (and I do mean influence), I was rather taken aback by the surprised shock I received at discovering her in such a stew. I had heard vaguely of people getting drunk, but never had I dreamt of my sweet Mother in such disgrace. I soon found this first shock to be only the beginning of the end. After a while, I became shock-proof, and my Mother drunk was second nature to me. Without her so, life and the home would have been extremely dull, and out of place. One fine day, Mother announced that never again would she hit the bottle. I laughed up my sleeve at her and said, "Really, Mother, and just where have I heard that before?" But she insisted firmly "that I was just to wait and see if she didn't." Well, I waited and I saw that she didn't all right. Ah me! I do hate to think where Mother would be now, had she not discovered A.A. (or A.A. had not discovered her) when she did. It's a wonderful thing, A.A., and I can't begin to express my gratitude for saving both our lives.

-- Felicia G.'s 17-year-old daughter,

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