and he likes it. He's been getting up at 5:00 AM - ready for work and the man he works with offered to pick him up. Otherwise I was going to have to get up 2 1/2 hours earlier - 4:30 and me don't get along. He's packed his lunch.....he's been on time.....he has called the man on days it rained to see if they were working as it's a construction job and he called me last night to tell me and DF that by Friday he would have the money he owes us and be able to pay us in full, PLUS have money for his probation this month saved up, plus have money for a car, insurance and eventually will get his drivers license. OMG did he say INSURANCE? (giddy me) I offered to do his finances etc, and help him get established with a bank and he's sorta on the fence about an allowance vs. Mom showing him how to save - but that's okay; live and learn. Just wanted to share the good news. Oh and this gets the caseworker off his back AND he still has SSI to go through, but said HE got all the paperwork done himself. (faints on floor) Even his mood has improved slightly - it was nice to talk to him on the phone and he never asked for a thing but advice. THIS IS HUGE!!!!!!! There is HOPE! OMG moments after posting this - his boss called and said "Star, thanks SO much for introducing me to your son - he's a GREAT worker, I'm glad he's with me. Now I'll be sure to get more jobs, make more money and my wife will be thrilled." I'm still trying to recover from the grin on my face - I think it reaches my ears.