I have two children from 1st marriage and two step children from second.
My O.E.'s are;
Daughter - 29. Typical teen years misery, but grew out of it, thank God. Tried college, but didn't fair too well. Married a loser, then got smart and fixed that. Brought me a grandson 5 years ago and my life hasn't been the same since. Holds down two jobs, one for a very successful landscaper in the area, and the other as a waitress for Friendly's restaurant. Doing a GREAT job of raising the grandson Scott. Her live-in boyfriend is from Brazil, and you couldn't find a harder worker anywhere. He is very impressive, and not afraid to try anything. If my daughter inherited one thing from me, it would be her stubbornness. She will not accept a dime from the boyfriend, and supports herself and her son on her own.
Son - 26. Took a big interest in what Dad was doing, watched and learned, and asked a million questions, and is now the Crew Chief for our team. Worked as many part time jobs as he could to put himself thru college. Took the Computer Aided Drawing (CAD) course and is now working his way up the corporate ladder. Learned a very tough lesson about life at a very early age by having his girlfriend at the time give birth to a daughter, only to have the baby pass away due to problems I can't spell. It was a huge grow-up call that was for the best. To say that I am extremely proud of his accomplishments so far, is an understatement. Built and drag raced two of his own cars, stepping up each time. Did I mention that I am proud of him?
Step Daughter -
Step Son - 28? Had to struggle most of his life, but things get better every day. He is one of those people that seemed to take the wrong road at every one of life's intersections. Got married last month, and he and his new wife are expecting a child very shortly. Grew up without a father figure so I had quite a bit to do when I popped into his life. It's very very tough, almost to the point of having to be cruel at times, but we are making progress.
Well, that's my Life, so to speak, and I'm stickin to it. After all, are your children your life?
Last edited by Mike-Casella
on Tue Oct 03, 2006 7:00 am, edited 1 time in total.