After all is said and done, what is left? These young men who are trying to get their lives back together.
Despite all that has allegedly happened, Rodney really loved Jamie. Even when he was at his angriest, he still loves her. I do know that he is in a situation that no person should ever have to be in. To stand up and do something you feel is right, yet knowing it will cost you important relationships, that is difficult.
How is Reigh doing today? It still depends on the day. Some days are easier than others for him. He has been clean since he has moved in with me and has been spending a great deal of time at the library. He has been job hunting and has an interview tomorrow. Hooray! He also has orientation this Friday for another job.
Reigh smiles a lot more than he did when I first knew him. He has cleaned up his language immensely and has been going to recovery meetings for addictions, support groups, and is working on getting back into school. He is learning that he is not here by accident, and that there are people who do truly care about him. He has also learned that there is more support in words than he thought.
It was a beautiful day when a phone call came in saying there was a delivery coming to my house and that we needed to be there for it. An amazing woman showed up with a truck and a matching set of bikes so Reigh could get around town easier, and I guess just so I would have one to ride. That came a week after a nice set of ear buds arrived in the mail for Reigh. Delivery #3 is in the works, but no one tells me anything except to be there to accept the delivery. These gifts have definitely been an uplifting thing for Reigh. It's the simple things in life that matter.