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Twenty-one years ago I had 22 months of sobriety and found myself in a mess at Thanksgiving. I walked up to the local liquor store and bought a big bottle of Wild Turkey, and got drunk.
The next morning I woke up early, to the sound of raccoons, or some animal going through some bags of clothes that my no-good boyfriend had left on my front porch. I had recently left him and rented a little place by the beach.
When I opened the door, to scare off the animals, I discovered a homeless woman going thru my stuff !
She claimed she thought it was garbage. She was pathetic! She smelled like booze, and was also shaky.
“Okay,” I said “Maybe there are some things in here I could spare.”
Then she exclaimed “I know you!”
“What?” I replied.
She told me that she was an alcoholic, and she remembered me from the local Alano Club. Oh Yes ! I remembered her now, but ... she was pretty then. She looked me in the eyes, with such sadness and said: AA doesn't work.
She took her little bag of things I gave her and walked down the sidewalk, toward the beach.
I could hear God saying: You can follow her path, or you can go back in the house and call your sponsor, and get back to an AA meeting. I met my sponsor at the Alano Club for the noon meeting that day, and I haven't had a drink since.
Every Friday after Thanksgiving, I go to the Alano Club for the noon meeting to look for that homeless woman, to tell her that AA does work! Today, I went to that meeting, and announced it: I have 21 years of sobriety. AA works!