It was a happy time to see my wife and the animals. Every time I come home, the dogs and cats seem to think that I've only been gone for a few hours. They thump tails and purr, but are relaxed about my return as if they knew that I would be back soon. I imagine time doesn't have much of a concept for them as they live in the moment.
Sleeping next to C. on my first night back felt so comfortable. I was tired but woke up several times to touch her and make sure that she was there. And that makes me not want to leave again unless she comes with me. We will have to find a house, dog and cat sitter so that we can go away together for a week.
Today, the house is opened up and the cool breeze is coming through the doors and windows. It is beautiful weather. I hope that we can slip away to go on the boat for a few days next week. And I want C. to go with me. She is still dealing with the estate of her parents. It appears that a contract on the house will be forthcoming which is good.
I went to several meetings while I was away. The meetings were good and fairly close to the type of groups that we have here. On my last day, there were 3 meetings at the same location. One of the ladies asked me how I sponsored people. I replied by saying that I sponsor them much the same way I was sponsored, using literature from Al-Anon and other material that I have collected from other sources on the steps and traditions. Sponsoring is really about being comfortable with a person, having trust and willingness.
It was interesting that this same lady recited the entire preamble and meeting format by heart, looking down and not taking a breath. It felt very automatic and as if this was an exercise of memory and not something shared from the heart. I just thought this was odd.
But we surely process and participate in meetings in our own way. It's good to have the experience of attending those "away" meetings and listening to what others have to share. No matter where I go, it's still the basic story of how we are affected by another person's drinking: The same fear, frustrations, anxiety and sadness giving way to acceptance, sense of self, compassion, and happiness through recovery.
I'm surely glad to be back home. There's more wood to split, garden planting to be done, and a beautiful day ahead.