Just a little update from our corner of the planet. difficult child transition is interesting, indeed. PROS: Got a job, has worked a whole week now. Took GED testing. Still hitting AA/NA meetings at times. Mostly peaceful (this is some kinda record we're working on now with that). Was sick 2 days last week, stayed with us -- mostly he slept, so, yes, that was very peaceful. Cleaned himself up physically, put on weight and, I must say, is lookin' downright handsome! CONS: Had a fit about transportation the other day. Why won't we drive him to everything? Well, uh.....because we're at work ourselves during some of your hours and you're not usually here? Shall we get you a homing device? And, uh.....because you're 24 and a grown man? Ask us politely (and thank us afterward) and if we are available, we may drive you to work. Mostly, he's been like an entirely different person. I trust it more than I did, but, well, you know. One day at a time. I did flinch when I saw his "fit" about transportation. Was about to advise him to leave our home (he was there that afternoon), but he chose to leave before I had to. Good choice for both of us! I want to give BIG credit to our difficult child for something.... He has humbly (and it appears genuine) become aware that he had virtually no REAL friends when in heavy-duty drug/crime mode. He is starting from scratch with friendships and trying to meet "healthy" people. This is one of the few areas where he has remained steadfastly and genuinely humble and open to change. I see it in his eyes and he is clamoring to meet people with honest lifestyles. His eyes are very telling and I feel him in that. it's a pleasure to see the power of AA meetings at work in his life. I could just kiss his sponsor's feet. Every time difficult child meets with him, he seems stabilized and back on track. difficult child really does need these meetings daily or near-daily in his life. It's interesting to watch a 12-yo boy begin to emerge into his 24-yo body. And HIS growing awareness of it is what's most fascinating. Must be like a blind man gradually gaining sight and exclaiming...."Whoa! Didn't know that's how life really looks!" Anyway, we're all learning new behaviors around it. difficult child learning to try, we parents learning to trust (meanwhile keeping a slice of vigilance in our back pocket just in case....). You all know the drill. But we are so very grateful for difficult child's learnings, our learnings, and every good day we have together! Today is another good day!