Rosa called a moment ago. It was so good to hear her voice. I've been kind of paranoid that we were growing tired of each other, but things have been well lately. We suit each other like a fine cheese and expensive wine. We both have storied pasts and tales of woe, and yet we are both consistently upbeat and positive. I need that in my life. I need her.
"Narcotics Anonymous tonight," she told me after I said hello. "I want you to go with me. They are such a fun group."
That's something I have never equated with Alcoholics Anonymous. That of it being a fun group. I love AA, but for the most part, they are a reserved bunch of people -- almost dour. Overly serious. The local NA group is filled with laughter and recovery. Young people who were once on the fringe of society -- outcasts due to their addictions -- reveling in their sobriety and stewardship for each other.
"Are you going with me?" Rosa asked after my pause.
"8 o' clock right?"
"Pick me up at 7:30," Rosa replied.
There is a heavily tattooed young couple that goes to NA. I made the mistake of asking them a few weeks ago if they were married. "We are brother and sister!" they exclaimed. We all got a good laugh out of that. I look forward to seeing that duo tonight. I also look forward to supporting Rosa in her recovery.