Spent two hours with difficult child at rehab today. I swear he isn't even close to the same kid I took there 10 days ago. He talked...listened...shared things like how afraid he was to be anywhere near alcohol. How he was going to have to find new friends. He admitted stuff. No defenses. No excuses. He was polite and interested in me. Affectionate even in front of peers his age. I brought him two Ralph Lauren tshirts. He was nice but said that he didn't care about brand names anymore. I told him they cost $14 each at the outlet store. He laughed and said if that was all I paid, then he'd keep them...otherwise, I should return them cause he didn't need expensive stuff. Talked to to nurses without him around. They praised him. This place has classes and meetings seven days a week. We still have a long way to go and much to work out but I'm just thankful I got two hours of actually enjoying his company. It's a good start and I am so grateful.