Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Five year celebration
I was away for much of the day taking my mother-in-law to a doctor's appointment. She has lost another four pounds and is down to 103 lbs. All else was good with her. She complains about my father-in-law and how grouchy he is. But after 6o+ years of marriage, I don't suppose there is much that can be done about that. On the way home, I stopped to get barbecued chicken, hamburgers and french fries for the parents' lunch. We cook for the parents three days a week in hope of fattening them up. How much of it they actually eat is out of my control. They will get some of tonight's meal which was exquisite.
C. had been cooking for most of the day which is something that she enjoys. She made her special white clam sauce over linguine, a red sauce with Italian sausages and meatballs over spaghetti, insalata caprese, homemade foccacia, and macadamia brownies for dessert. Several people said that all the birthdays need to be celebrated here. My Al-Anon friends said that I should host a retreat right here at the house with break out groups. I thought of Lois and Bill--LOL.
I am so glad that we can share the laughter with these friends. To think that five years ago, I was filled with so much fear about whether she would really "stick" with AA. I remember that she cried when she got home from that first meeting. We were still so far apart emotionally at that time. The resentments, fears, lack of trust were all so strong. I had yet to walk into an Al-Anon meeting. That would come on August 13. In the meantime, C. went to as many meetings as she could find. But the welcome she received at that first meeting stirred something within her. I am grateful that she got to where she is today by getting to where she needed to be then. Thank you, AA.