of the tunnel does exist. And it is brighter than I could have hoped for. difficult child has been working for four months now. In July and August it was full-time. As the tourist season slowed, they've cut him back slowly. This week he was scheduled for three days---about 15 hours---hardly worth the 30 mile drive there. But...he hung in. His boss called yesterday, asked him to work a few additional days. He was up to about 25 hours. Then, he got a call from a local resturant only 5 minutes from home. They offered him fulltime. What a quandry for a difficult child who had not worked steadily since he was 14. So, he talked to the beach resturant. He will go back to a few days a week. He called new boss with that schedule and he is scheduled full time with her. He won't have a day off for several weeks, but he did that in July when he started. I'm so proud of him. He worked the issue out. He qualifies at beach for insurance in 60 days, so he wanted to keep that job, but he knows he needs more money and wanted to check out new job to see if it was a good fit first. And on top of that pcdaughter has been sick with some virus or strep and he has been "taking care" of her while husband and I work. He's gone for gatorade and popsicles!!! He's been nice to the sister he despised and was jealous of for years. He's talking about karma and praying and well...talking with some sense. He's still a difficult child. He's still a pothead...but he's so much better than he was a year ago!