An apple, two slices of bread…
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
When I first graduated from college I lived outside of Princeton, New Jersey in a room I sublet in an old farmhouse. The woman who rented the house had been trained as a chef but had recently gone back to school to get a degree in social work. She had experienced food issues throughout her life and was working through them; she wanted to become a therapist to help others dealing with the same issues.
She participated in a number of 12 Step programs, including Overeaters Anonymous, and through her, my friend Sue’s roommate Carolyn, who also had food issues, became involved in OA.
Part of the OA program is you have a sponsor and you talk to your sponsor every day and tell them what you ate. After you become established in the program, you serve as a sponsor for someone else in addition to having someone sponsor you.
Sue was not familiar with this aspect of the program.
One day after Carolyn had been in the program for a while, Sue came home from work and checked the messages and there was this really long message:
“An apple, a bowl of cereal, two slices of bread, a slice of cheese…”
Sue said, “Carolyn, can you tell me why someone is reading their grocery list on our answering machine?”
(I don’t know how well that story translates, you might have to know Sue to appreciate it but it was pretty hilarious and it actually still makes me laugh.)
That’s what this project is starting to feel like.
An apple, two slices of bread, a cup of milk…