The Mister is back home from his travels to Provo. It was so sweet to sneak out of work early and run to pick him up at the airport. He threw his bags in the car, and the first thing he said to me was "I'm starving - are you hungry?" (Music to my ears since since we were down to some old romaine and a small round of Bonbel Laughing Cow cheese at our house. And some eggs.)
The 55 freeway was jammed so we got off and went to Pei Wei in Irvine. After a lo mein bowl and yakking L's ear off, I felt much better. So good to have my best friend home again - I get kind of lonely without him sitting in the glow of his computer.
He had a good trip. He and Andrew accomplished a lot. Andrew's doc told him he needs to move on, expand his sights. Right now he is living in an apartment owned by the state. The other people who live there have mental health issues, and really don't live normal lives. Andrew, by contrast, is getting better. So much better, in fact, that he was told to move somewhere where he could be surrounded by higher functioning people who would inspire Andrew, rather than tempt him to become complacent.
In order to move, Andrew needed a job to help pay for the added expense. His doctor told him he was up for it, and he was feeling pretty confident himself. While his dad was there with him, he submitted several applications, and actually went on an interview.
Today, while we were sitting in Pei Wei, Andrew called. He got a job!! It's part time work, cleaning carpets. This may not seem exciting to most of you, but really, this is huge. Andrew has been recovering from a breakdown for the last year or more. He's been fighting hard to come back through a haze of meds that have gradually been reduced more and more, giving him more clarity. L said he was even talking a little bit about the possibility of going to school. (!!!!!) For now though, a part time job is perfect.
Andrew will probably never be completely normal. He'll always be a little quirky, and a lot sweet. He fights mood swings and depression. When he's heard enough talk or commotion, he'll get up and leave the room without a comment - even if you're in the middle of a sentence. He sometimes needs a gentle nudge to get going. But he tries so hard to do the right thing. The carpet cleaning people will never regret hiring him because Andrew is one reliable, on-time, hard working person. We're hoping that this little part time job will lead to him going to school or finding some type of training for a career he'll enjoy.
We're so grateful for all of the people around him who have been so kind and helpful. For some reason, people who have worked with him - doctors, social workers, and counselors - have always wanted to go the extra mile for him. Maybe in their world they don't see a lot of success stories, and in Andrew they see possibilities. Thank goodness for all of them and their hard work and extreme kindness. It does make a difference.
Arizona news: I've gotten reports that Mia got her first bicycle - a pink Princess one. She loves it, and is riding it all over. Life is getting better and the big move in is imminent. I'm getting very excited to see everything when I go in a couple of weeks. I've also heard rumors of a dance class and preschool. It doesn't get better than that, does it? Well, ok - maybe if it were in Hawaii. Other than that, preschool, dance class and a new bike are the things that make life sweet at four years old no matter where you live.