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 Bill. He nodded yes. After speaking with him for a few minutes, I handed him the medallion without much reaction. As I prepared to leave, a nurse's voice called out, "Bill . . ." The man lying in the bed responded, "Yes." Feeling somewhat embarrassed, I realized that I had made a mistake. This man was the person I was really looking for. I quietly asked the first gentleman for the chip back and walked over to the bed where Bill lay. I explained to him the reason for my visit and extended the 30-year medallion to him. When I saw tears in his eyes, I knew the chip had found its rightful home.

-- TOM S.

Unionville, Conn.

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