From the September 2010 magazine.

Alone with my ex

During a coerced meeting with a bitter ex-wife, a Ninth Step emerges

I HAD been sober around six months, and one day my daughter came to a meeting. She said, "I'm going out to visit Mom. I want you to come with me." I had not spoken to my ex-wife in over 20 years. So, I really did not know what to expect.

When we arrived at the house my ex-wife was in the yard working. When she saw me she did not speak to me. She spoke to our daughter, but the words were for me. She screamed. "I don't want to see that man. I don't want to hear anything he has to say. And if he doesn't leave my property, I'll call the police."


Covington, Ky.

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