From the September 1975 magazine.

You Can't Kid Around with Kids

With youngsters, a straight line is the shortest distance to the point

ANYONE WHO has spoken to groups outside AA knows that this can be a stimulating, even invigorating experience. Questions from the floor give your AA knowledge a good workout and your settled assumptions a vigorous shaking-up. You're likely to leave tingling with the kind of stimulation you'd get from an afternoon of your favorite sport or exercise, laced with a feeling of gratitude for the chance to carry the message a little further.

But when the audience consists of youngsters, fasten your seat belt! Their uninhibited, straightforward approach often goes right to the heart of the problem; their ingenuous precision strips away the wrappings from comfortable illusions.

-- C. H.

Fairfield, Connecticut

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