My interactions with Bobby have pretty much been restricted to late night conversations when he comes in at curfew (midnight). Today, he walked in the door, wearing his "Another day, Another struggle" t-shirt, and I asked him if he needed anything.
"You've done more than enough for me," he said, sadly.
I try to get out what's bugging him, and finally do. The ice cream place he worked at fired him for not showing up on the night of his senior prom to work. He worked on Thursday, they posted the schedule on Friday, and prom was on Saturday. He didn't even know he missed the shift until he went in tonight. That does suck. He was hoping that the ice cream place, a chain, would transfer him to the location out at the Univeresity of Maryland so he wouldn't have to find another job there.
He's keeping himself very busy right now. All that's left of his high school career is an essay and one last final, and he's already taking carpentry classes. He wants to learn a trade right now, before he goes to college in mid-July. He spends a lot of time at the library, taking online courses, and a lot of time at the girlfriend's, with whom he has a sweet deal worked out where she gives him her car in exchange for picking her up in the morning. I hope he's happy. He seems halfway there, but tired all the time. I know that combination well.
Ideas I'm considering: throwing him a graduation party and/or buying him a computer for graduation. Maybe I'll just take him out to dinner with the former and offer to pay for a portion of the latter. Dell has sweet deals right now, like always, so I can afford it (although in the summer it gets tough to do so.)
In other news, I have an appointment tomorrow for a summer job as a reading specialist in a cool Baltimore middle school.
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