The Forum Magazine

The Forum Magazine

Al-Anon's monthly magazine, The Forum, contains many personal stories of inspiration, some of which are made available each month on the Internet by authorization of Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc.

Every once in a while I’m asked, “What brought you to Al‑Anon?” The question always makes me smile. The answer, for me, is kindness.

After 30 years in the same apartment, we decided it was time to move into a smaller place. Over several weeks, following the workday, I spent hours de-cluttering and culling decades’ worth of papers, photos, and letters. I don’t save much, but still there was a lot to go through.

When I was about six years old, I remember my two older sisters and I would wait for my dad to pick us up from our mom’s house for school. He was an attorney and often worked late, so the morning drives to school were some of my earliest memories of him. He was always good about being there for recitals, family vacations, baseball games, and trips to school. But, there were some days when, for reasons I didn’t quite understand, he simply wasn’t there.