Breathing Again!

Bobby just left to take Doug back to where he lives… He doesn ‘t want me to call it “home”… because “here” will always be “home”… home-love-blue-background-rustic-painted-wood-word-spelled-out-metal-letters-heart-symbol-46747096

He kiddingly calls it the “resort”… palms-empty-idyllic-tropical-sand-beach-20104794

He has a great sense of humor…smile-good-clown-stock-photo-human-emotions-joy-31612331

He is alright with our situation…

I really like it… I wouldn’t have said that last December…

It was unbearable at the time to let him go and know I would never have him living here again…

But, the Bi-polar / Schizoaffective Disorder was at it’s worse… since he was diagnosed so many years ago…d-bipolar-disorder-concept-capsule-67662919

I thank God every day for this time now with the son I knew I had… but, had someone elses’ voice coming from his lips… and his actions imitating that of the Devil… devil-emoticon-15453240

I now have the best relationship… and he can breathe and function so well…

The manager of the facility and staff tell me all of the time that he is the nicest… most respectful… most caring person they have ever met…

They love him!…hearts-hand-12726817

I am so glad that others are seeing the guy that was inside all of the time… and he… hearing these words gives him more self-confidence and pride…

What any individual needs!…

We still do our thrift store looking but, not buying so much stuff anymore…

He is much more choosy with his purchases… and I am too…

He lives in a facility that houses young adults… older… retired… mental individuals that are able to do for themselves… and even Veteran’s… faces-crowd-3160791

He talks to all… and so do I… as I pick up and drop off…

Juanita wears bright red lipstick… senior-lady-145595  dyes her hair blond… about 70+ years old… and is the most caring lady I have met…

Always a kind word… a hug… and talking about whatever comes up…

Loves her hair fixed… and always with makeup…

Stephanie is probably 40-50 years old… Dresses neat as a pin… hair done also… and sweet smile and attitude…

Her cute dresses are her trademark… Loves her cigarettes though… redhead-flapper-girl-vector-illustration-image-retro-costume-party-invitation-vintage-postcard-art-deco-poster-mafia-31862838 so outside a lot…

Probably can get bored… so an escape of some kind is needed…

Jo-Jo is a guy that wears his pants up high on his thin body…

Loving hot wheels… which I have known to take him…purple-hot-rod-car-11966382

Just had a birthday and hinted at it about 100 times…

Roger loves coffee and (it has to be instant)… instant-coffee-12481558  due to fixing it for himself all of the time… and likes to do crafty things… like making cigarettes to sell for extra money… with his cigarette rolling machine…

Sally writes poetry and makes birthday cards for all of the residents… old-pen-letter-21221531

One man is deaf… but, can manage to try to talk faster than anyone…

Do I understand all of the time… NO!… but, he smiles at me anyway… and continues on…

There are always tales to tell and I see the relationships being built…

Food is home cooked and appetizing…

Clean!… and homey…

Extras bought all of the time for this big family…

Pizza parties…  emoticon-eating-pizza-27197239… cook outs… hamburger-cheeseburger-cartoon-character-grilling-chef-hat-hamburgers-hotdogs-over-charcoal-grill-outside-summer-39796486 …programs… visitors and speakers…

Games… snacks… movies… and your own area that is just yours…

When Doug leaves after being “home” a day or sometimes two… we leave with a smile… a full heart… knowing the turmoil we felt for so many years has finally come to an end… and we can breathe once and for all…woman-breathing-4412384just-breathe-16442885

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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