So, tonight was the confirmation. It was a glorious thing. She was the only adult being confirmed. The other confirmati were 11th graders. Those 11th graders were impressive. They were asked questions by the priest in front of the congregation, and they mostly answered admirably. I am glad they were put on the spot like that. That is what real life is like. You don't get to hide and not be embarrassed if you didn't pay attention.
The really remarkable thing for me was that I felt that I belonged. There were so many years that I felt "less than". So many years when I felt that if they really knew who I was, they would throw me out. Tonight I sat with my sponsee, and felt that I belonged. It was not about me. It was about me being of service to my friend, being supportive of her and providing guidance.
I learned that in Alcoholics Anonymous. Let the detractors say that we hide out in AA and learn nothing, but I know it has taught me how to do almost everything valuable that I do today. And I do some valuable things, by the Grace of God.
I am so grateful.