Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Thank You!

What a wonderful bloggerific birthday I had yesterday. You sober bloggers are incredibly wonderul! I saved the cards that I got and will treasure them. What a great party!

I went to a meeting at 6:30 a.m., and picked up my 22 year chip. It was a nice meeting. It was quite low-key since a member of that group died last week and the funeral was yesterday at 11:00 a.m. Noel was on everyone's mind. It was a nice AA funeral. We all stood and said the 3rd step prayer, we held hands and said the Lord's Prayer - and laughed after most of us forgot where we were and said "keep coming back, it works!" His oldest daughter thanked everyone in AA for giving her dad the best years of his life. I wish he could have stayed in AA and stayed alive, but we don't all do that.

As I sat in the back of the church, between John and Art, I looked at the backs of the heads of the people I love. A lot of people I love. These are my people. This is where I belong... not necessarily at a funeral... but with these sober alcoholics. I am so grateful for AA and the wild, wacky, wonderful people in it. And I have to tell you that there are some men in AA who break my heart when I see them in a suit. Some guys belong in a suit, but more of the guys I know in AA belong in tee-shirts, shorts, and hiking boots - and when they are wearing a suit, you KNOW it is NOT good news.

I got 24 Hour Fitness to give me a free pass for a week. There is one very close to my house. I have been a member of Bally's for 10 years, but if this free pass works out, I will probably switch to 24 Hour. This morning will be my first work-out there!

Thanks again for all of the positive attention yesterday!

"We have been considering so many problems that it may appear that AA consists mainly of racking dilemmas and troubleshooting. To a certain extent, that is true. We have been talking about problems because we are problem people who have found a way up and out, and who wish to share our knowledge of that way with all who can use it. For it is only by accepting and solving our problems that we can begin to get right with ourselves and with the world about us, and with Him who presides over us all." -- Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions, p. 125

23 comments:

Scott W said...

That's what it's about--standing hand in hand.

dAAve said...

Forgive me, but to say "Keep Coming Back" at a funeral is tooooo funny!
I really enjoyed your party yesterday. Glad I didn't have to e-cleanup.

NMAMFQLMSH said...

I just started to cry when I read about Noel and the funeral service.

But it also brought a smile to my face!

I love you and I see you MC,
JJ

Shannon said...

Noel is in a better place with the best GOD in the universe!
and I am glad in spite of the saddness you had a good day and a good blog party! :)
have a great workout and day! hugs

Rex said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing your 22 years of experience, strength and hope with us.

Blue said...

Congrats on 22 years, sorry about being late with it.

Good story about a touching time... another example of we are not a glum lot :)

Designer Girl said...

Hey, Mary Christine. I'm late, too, but CONGRATULATIONS!!!

It's so sad about your friend, and such a clear example of why I need to be here, with all of you.

Sober Chick said...

Everyone has a food hangover today now?

and that stripper, ah JJ . . .

u are wonderful!

Tab said...

I honestly believe the best way we humans can make a difference in the world is by first taking care of our own personal problems,then sharing that courage with others.
Thank you for sharing ~

Lex-Sunshine said...

Happy late birthday!!! That's awesome! I've been to too many AA funerals, but I'm so comforted by all the sober, familiar, loving faces there.......

DG - trudgingtheroad said...

Happy Happy belated birthday / aniversary !!

22 years that is awesome.

Funerals are never very easy for me. I like what you said about our people though.

Carly said...

You write so touchingly, MC. I could almost feel what it was like at the funeral, including the laughter. Blessings to you -- and happy 22 years + 1 day! :)

T said...

Great to read your blog Mary Christine. Wow, 22 years, I am at 3 days. Going to a meeting a day, really struggling with this, I'm 31, have been an alcoholic since I picked up a drink 15 years ago, it's not easy, but great to hear from sober members always. I'll keep going, but feel pretty alone. My blog is at http://in-this-one.blogspot.com/ I've only just started, determined to hang in there and do 24 hours at a time. T

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BigSkymAAck said...

I am sorry for AA's loss of Noel, he has an unusual name and I believe I had met him many years ago. The keep coming back was very appropriate for those that are left behind.

Your party was just about the best, I did not care for the stripper he just wasn't my type. I was glad that I had a chance to rest up today I am getting too old for the late night stuff.
FAEA

BigSkymAAck said...

I just read your comment on my blog. I am not sure about who saved who. All I did was share the way it was given to me. The results are just so wonderful to see today. If I had a watch messed up it was well worth it. To see what a great person you have become.
FAEA

Karen B said...

Happy belated birthday and thanks for my sobriety. I'm with 24 hour fitness too! It's a great club, the funeral sounded fabulous, especially with "keep coming back!"

Karen B said...

Happy belated birthday and thanks for my sobriety. I'm with 24 hour fitness too! It's a great club, the funeral sounded fabulous, especially with "keep coming back!"

lash505 said...

You are the queen of sobriety.

Gwen said...

I am so sorry about Noel. I feel the love you have for your peeps. I love all my crazies too. We are like one big loving dysfunctional family :) Congrats again on your 22.

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