From the December 2007 magazine.

Romancing The Holiday Drink

Among the beautiful people

Old betsy's eyes popped open. "There's just two things you need to remember!" she barked. I jumped in my seat. I'd thought she was asleep. "Old Betsy," as I thought of her, didn't come to many meetings, but when she did, she usually took a half a cup of coffee to her seat and promptly fell asleep.

Sometimes, she tipped precariously in her chair, and I worried she would topple to the floor. Betsy was old, at least eighty-five, maybe more. I have no idea how many years of sobriety she had logged, but it was quality sobriety, that was clear. On occasion, she would startle awake, and share something brief, simple, profound, and right on topic, before going back to sleep. I leaned forward to catch her wisdom.

-- Valerie C.

Oviedo, Florida

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