Thursday, November 24, 2011


It was a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  I started my day at a 6:30 AA meeting.  The room was absolutely packed and the topic was gratitude - of course.  Very nice.

At 10:00 my daughter and I went to a movie.  There were maybe 10 people inside the theater, and that was nice.

This morning my sober daughter texted a photo of my old boyfriend with his arm around her.  They were on an annual motorcycle trip to bring cigarettes, gloves, hats, blankets, clothes to the homeless.  My old beau started that tradition many years ago.  My daughter has gone along since she has been sober.  It was so heartwarming to see Ed with his big arm around my daughter.  I texted back my love.

I have had so many phone calls and texts to wish me a Happy Thanksgiving.  And some of them thanking me for my friendship.  It is wonderful to know that I am a part of something larger - whether my family or AA.  The feeling of belonging is so important to a human being.

My son (in Afghanistan) called while I was writing this.  He has been sick and sounds not good.  He didn't get to eat turkey today because the line was too long.  But one of his friends grilled steaks later and he got one of those.  It was hard to control my voice because I was about to burst into tears.  Somehow I got off the phone without doing so.  He doesn't need a weepy mama.

I will go to work for a few hours tomorrow in spite of the fact that I had scheduled it off.  I have too much to do and I can't afford the whole day off.  There will be very few people in my area of the hospital and I think I will be able to get my work done quickly.  Good.

Sobriety has been so very good to me.  In the last day or so I have been made more aware that I am a part of something so beautiful - the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.

"There you will find release from care, boredom, and worry.  Your imagination will be fired.  Life will mean something at last.  The most satisfactory years of your existence lie ahead.  thus we find the fellowship, and so will you."  Alcoholics Anonymous, p. 152


Steve E said...

Well-stated, that feeling of 'belonging'. Without it I would wonder where is God...for he lives in the people.

It was a long and wonderful day for me also, meeting at 7 ending just now.Thank you for all I have seen you do here in your blog, Mary. No matter...God knows what he is doing.


Syd said...

I am glad that you had a day full of gratitude. It is so good that you talked to your son. We had a good full day here as well. Just got home about an hour ago. You have a great day tomorrow as well. Every day is really thanksgiving.

Pammie said...

"your life will mean something at last" AIN'T IT THE TRUTH?
Lovin' you from afar my mary.

Simply Me said...

It truly was a blessed day yesterday, but have to agree with Syd, each day is thanksgiving. :)

atomic momma said...

Those are some beautiful pumpkin pies in that picture! You inspire me to pick up my baking again, even though I need to watch my weight. Maybe bake some for neighbors.

I am a new reader to the Big Book. I can't believe the knowledge I am getting from it. It should be required reading for all people.

Thank you for your daily posts.

Grace-WorkinProgress said...

Nice pies.

Non Stop Traffic Formula said...

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