They would have provided a ticket to Vancouver, but those pesky immigration laws and the fees associated with minimal documentation made that a nonstarter. No more than 11 hours later Corey had selected a new location, North Carolina.
I know, I know, you have questions and I have answers.
Her name is Audrey, but she goes by Audie.
WalMart, and she might be able to get him a job there, too.
They've been together for a while now.
Oh, in Vancouver? That was just a friend.
Audie lives with her parents who, while apparently relieved to be in on the plans are not participating in them any more than we are. So, no. Corey will not be living with them. I mean, she has been thinking about getting her own place. In the meantime, she has provided Corey with a list of shelters where he can stay at night.
Tom and I met online. It was one of the best things to ever happen in my life. No reason to believe Corey can't have that same good luck.
Yes, yes, the games I play with myself. I know.
I spent about an hour with Corey this afternoon. We picked up his ticket and went to lunch. He was feeling the weight of his decision and remarked a couple times that it was crazy.
Yes, it is. But if I had to choose between having one of my children making the choice between moving across the country for a chance to start fresh or stagnating at home, I would choose crazy every time.
On the other hand...
He just exchanged couch hopping in southern California for shelters in North Carolina.
He does not have Audie's address, just her phone number. What good is the address if he can't stay there and she lives outside of town anyway, right?
I wonder if the people Corey is about to encounter will ever understand him. My kid packed almost all of his belongings into two bags, a backpack and a satchel.
Yeah, a satchel.
And the almost? Well, he left a knife with me that he's asked me to ship to him when he gets settled. Corey practically taught a class as he talked about the details of the knife that he "bought with his own money." (There were so many questions I could have asked about the source of his own money, but he has already admitted to my mom that he stole repeatedly from her.)
When he arrives in Audie's hometown, will she answer her phone? Will she really come and pick him up? And take him where?
Today I hugged my son three times.
I told him I love him and he said the same.
He said, "I'm going to be alright, Mom. But you have to be alright, too."
And I said I will.
And I will.
I just have to get past the part where the thought, I may never see my son again, makes me wince with an unidentifiable soreness as my eyes flood with tears and my throat tightens so much it hurts and I have to open my mouth to get air.
And I have to figure out a way to explain to Madelyn that Corey has moved away. That he
Just not tonight.