easy child/difficult child really surprised me in a good way last weekend. She came home from work one night and said she wanted to take me shopping for a birthday present. I told her she didn't need to buy me anything but she insisted. She took me to my favorite store and had me trying on all kinds of outfits. Since she was insistent I picked out one thing but she decided she wanted to buy me more and bought two sweaters and a pair of pants. That in and of itself was very nice but it got even better. After she paid for the clothes she turned to me (in front of all the people), gave me a hug and a kiss, and told me I deserved it because I was a great mom! There have been many years that easy child/difficult child has never even said happy birthday to me and some where she even told me how much she hated me so this was really nice. On my actual birthday she stayed up til I got home to wish me a happy birthday. She is slowly growing up I'm seeing lots of improvements in many areas, of course, it's slow progress because she still goes off into difficult child mode often but the progress is so great to see!!! Just had to share!