Last weekend I was at AA Gratitude Day for our Al Anon support, literature and to hear one of our volunteers speak.  I have know Ida for a few years.  She is kind and patient and very welcoming to members of AA and Al Anon. Her talk was inspirational to all of us present. The primarily AA audience was on its feet at her conclusions.  She walked us through her transformative program.  Many AAs nodded, understanding her so clearly in her relationship with her alcoholic.  Speakers like Ida bridge the perceived gap between us, the Al Anons and them, the Alcoholics/Addicts. Her lessons are for all.