From the October 2010 magazine.

Dear Grapevine

Rightful home

One day, I received a phone call from a local town official. Her father was seriously ill and she contacted me because she knew that I was an alcoholic in recovery. She asked if I could obtain a 30-year medallion and visit her father in the nursing home to present it to him. I had never met the woman's father, but I told her I would be happy to do so.

Arriving at the home on the day and time agreed upon, I entered the room where I saw two men. One man was asleep in bed and the other was sitting up, watching television. I approached the man watching TV and asked him if his name was...

-- TOM S.

Unionville, Conn.