This is the story of difficult child's life (well, not LITERALLY the story of her life...just a part of it, haha). She becomes involved with losers and drips. Practically pants when its time to hang out with them, bends over backwards to accommodate them and get them or give them rides, spends her money to help them all get wasted, will go to the ends of the Earth for them. Abandons everything and everyone just to be accepted by these drips. She was at her dads for nearly 6 weeks, kept in touch with most of these people and couldn't wait to get back to CT so she could hang out with these people. They all said they missed her and couldn't wait for her to come home so she could hang out with them. Well, since Saturday, she has made plans each evening with the same boy who she was all hot in the pants for, and he was supposedly all hot in the pants for her, and what happened?? He ditched her; never showed, never called or called and cancelled. I am wondering if the reason is because she can't go to him (no license) and so he would have to come to her, which means he'd have to meet H and me. Ha! Not one of these so-called friends that difficult child refers to as "so excellent and cool and fun and nice and not losers or drunks or potheads" has made any time to visit difficult child since she's been home. Not even her BEST FRIEND who lives 3 doors away! I am not angry at these kids (well, the BFF a little) at all because this is what I expect from people like them. They are self centered and I knew they were not the kind of life long friends difficult child should be seeking out. Instead of finding ways to entertain herself and focusing on her current goals (which she is doing, though not as excitedly as I would prefer), she's constantly checking her email, her myspace, her cell voice mail and our caller ID to see if one of these losers has called her yet. I dare not say a word and there will be no "I told you so" from moi. I don't have the hardened heart to make her feel even more crummy about things. Instead, I try to engage her in activities and suggest she read a good book (I have hundreds) or watch a movie (we have Netflix) or go for a walk with the dogs and me, call up an old (nice) friend and maybe go to Starbucks or Friendly's. I am sad for her, because I know that if she's not properly medicated (which she is) this is the kind of thing that could cause a setback. I can see the depression seeping into her...she's feeling left out, alone, abandoned and angry. She will hang out with just about anyone at this point (another worry). She did get a job and I hope it starts today! She needs to have something to be engaged in so this shadow of self doubt does not linger. I keep hoping she meets some geek at Sharper Image and ditches the losers. What is that AA saying? Oh yeah, One Day at a Time. Thank goodness, I think, that easy child comes home this coming weekend - maybe they can hang out a little together and do stuff.