From the December 2010 magazine.

Christmas # 56

A road trip to Bill W.'s childhood home recharges an old-timer's batteries

LIFE in the "North Country" of upstate New York comes with unpredictable weather as part of the package known as adventurous living. This past December of 2009 will go down as a memory for a totally different reason.

On Christmas Eve morning, my wife of 28 years, all sober thanks to the gift of Alcoholics Anonymous, hit me with one of her spontaneous suggestions: "Let's take a road trip!" I wasn't sure where she was going with this holiday cheer, so I asked for some clarification. We had been discussing taking a little drive over to East Dorset, Vermont, on the day after Christmas to visit the Wilson House, a place we had discovered a little over a year ago through some friends in the program. The story of the place where Bill W. was born is a remarkable display of a Higher Power's work that continues to draw people to this sleepy little town. My wife's idea of a short winter's trip there gave me a new understanding of the wonder of giving and the joy of sharing sobriety with others.


West Leyden, N.Y.

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