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December 23rd, 2008 at 08:28 pm

Well, I have mentioned that nephew is now living with us... he's been with us since the end of October, after being released from his evaluation at the psychiatric hospital. The psychiatrist adviced against putting him back in rehab, said he's reached a point where what he truly needs is a home environment.
Needless to say, we have all been kind of on the edge about this...
Sis gave him 15 days to find a job... he started working at a warehouse about 2 blocks from home... the night shift...was there for a 15 day trial, but they didn't hire him because he "couldn't work as well after 2 am" (shift was 8pm - 5am)... they didn't pay him, either...since it was just a trial (he agreed to those terms prior to starting, so...)
Anyway...he had already applied (twice!) to a call center, and went and tried a third time (same call center)... the HR person noticed him and said: "you ARE persistent, aren't you?" and signed him up for a 2-week initial training... he passed the final exam and was offered a permanent position starting Dec 15 (sister's b-day... her best present ever!)... he was paid his first salary yesterday, and gave my sister $50 for house expenses... ANOTHER first!...plus, her best Xmas gift ever, too!...
Yes, we still have twin heart attacks when he goes out with friends... yes, our hearts still stand still whenever something goes "missing"...then resume beating when the items are found!... He's been behaving really well...having the occasional spat with my sister, of course... he's still not very good at following rules...particularly rules he finds useless...and sis is still trying to controll so many things, it's difficult...
The other day, for example, he went out with friends... he returned at around 12, and asked sis for money to pay for a cab ($7) because his friends had started drinking and since he wasn't drinking he decided it was no fun and took a cab to come back home... sis started scolding him for going out with these friends in the first place, knowing full well they were most probably going to start drinking... from where I'm standing, though, he made a responsible decision... 2, actually...not drinking and not riding with someone that was drunk... yes, it would perhaps have been preferrable (and cheaper!) if he had stayed home...but... he's 24, we can't put him on a leash or keep him locked up!... he HAS to learn to deal with this type of thing!
So, anyway... as stressful as this has been, so far, it seems like things will work out right! Smile

4 Responses to “Nephew”

  1. kdmoffett25 Says:

    It seems he made a good choice. I would have given him the $7 and been proud. Things are looking up for him.

  2. homebody Says:

    You said it, he's 24, he needs to start finding his boundaries. Maybe she could gently remind him next time to take money along for such a possibility.

  3. MICLASON Says:

    He still didn't have any, he hadn't been paid!...
    But .... I'm happy to report that not only did he give sis the $50 for house expenses, he also paid her back part of the money she had lent him for work clothes, shoes AND the cab ride! (he only had a couple of jeans and t-shirts, dresscode is business casual... everything else he had already sold off!) Oh, and not only that, but he intends to repay his friends that gave him a place to stay while he was "exiled" from home!
    hmmmm... I wonder if I can locate my copy of the Richest Man of Babylon... if not, I might have to get him one!

  4. Amber Says:

    Seems like he's trying and I agree he made the right choice

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