I have a grandchild that is 37 y.o. At one time I wouldn't have given two cents that he would amount to anything in life. In fact, I honestly thought he would end up in jail at sometime in his life.
But! And it is a huge "But". I was so wrong. We call him Bubbles due to all the bubbles he would blow as an infant. In high school, he was the "Jock" all the girls wanted to date. Pictures of the football player catching the football in mid-air constantly appeared in our local newspaper almost every week. He graduated, and from there he went on to become a coach for Little League of the most losing team in town. But he made it clear to the parents that the kids were there to have fun, and if they won a game, that was just gravy.
After drifting from job to job, he finally found a career that he loves besides sports. Construction. He had a friend that was in the Carpenter's Union and got Bubbles into their Apprentice Program. Well, today he has been able to work his way up to Project Manager on any job. And he has a great future in the Construction business.
But all the time while climbing his career ladder, he has never lost his love for sports. He started and developed a local semi pro baseball team for men. The team has been scouted this year by the Red Sox. But the great news is that this year his team is playing in the final seven games for the whole shebang! The have the best record of the league. 30-6. The Trophy for the best of the best! These are men in their late 20's-early 30's. They work all day and rush home, shower, shave, eat and out the door to play their next game. Bubbles is still the manager as well as playing almost every night for the whole season.
So for a kid that the family had very little hope for, he has done very well for himself. Oh yes, one more thing. With all that the has going on, he also has a side business of his own.
And one more thing. He has a live-in girlfriend that was a heroin addict. He gave her the option of getting help or they were history. She was afraid of going for help after hearing some of the horror stories of the places and how they detox you. So Bubbles took it upon himself to give her all the support she required and helped her kick the habit. She has been straight now for five years. Unfortunately, she recently lost a baby. They are trying to start their family. And marriage is in the picture.
Do you have anyone in your family that you are really proud of? Someone that the family had no hope for and they turned themselves around? I would love to hear about them. We all love a great success story. Please share yours.