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. . . When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the hand of
A.A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible.
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arethey've got to feel they're
most influential factor in a husband's life.
Point is, during all the years my wife tried
to get me to quit I just got worsethen I
catch up with A.A. and zingoI get com-
pletely dried up and obviously like the pro-
cedure. So I'm afraid she feels there must be
something, lacking in my affection or why
couldn't I have quit just for her?
It's obvious at the meetings that others in
A.A. have been a lot smarter about this angle
and maybe can help with a couple of sugges-
tions. Jim D.
Dear Grapevine: I've been in A.A. a year
and a month and I'm so happy, so glad at
last, to be alive. A year and a month ago I
wanted to diealthough I didn't do anything
about it except go on drinking, which is a
pretty good way. My career, for I happen
to be a writer, was at a standstill, and my way
of living, my habits and emotions were as
distorted as the view I used to see of myself
in the bottom of a glass.
Now, very, very slowly, I am becoming the
person I'm supposed to be. Normal habits
and pleasures come back slowly. Things like
enjoying food, gardening, going to the theatre,
spending an evening with friends while con-
sciousall these habits had to be reformed,
like a paralytic learning the re-use of his
limbs. Just the other day I said to myself ;
"All rightyou're fifteen years behind in
your life. Fifteen years behind in your career.
Thank God you came into A.A. when you
did. Now you can begin, slowly, and get your
life back." Perhaps some of you know this
experience of discouraged impatience. Per-
haps you've been sober a certain number
of months and are beginning to say, "Well,
so what?" Don't go out and get drunk, as I
came so near doing a month ago. Weather
this let-down period between first getting truly
sober and getting yourself adjusted to life
and living. Work like a beaver with an
extra spurt of effort in, for and with A.A.
That's the solution. I am sure of it. I had to
write this because I'm so grateful again to
A.A. for seeing me through these "growing
pains". Felicia G.
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because we'd like to print a fair cross-section,
with as little cutting as possible.
Dear Grapevine: I was surely glad to learn
that A.A. is planning to publish a "house-
organ". I think a lot of newer members, like
myself, who might incline to be shy about
making personal contacts for help with their
individual problems will welcome this means
of communicating with experienced A.A.s.
For example, I can hardly buttonhole a
fellow-member at a meeting and bluntly say :
"My wife is jealous of you!" Yet that's pretty
much the situation which bothers me quite a
lot. What I mean is that my Missus doesn't
understand. She's delighted with the results
of the past six months, but you know how
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