Well I've been sitting here for the past 2 days, eating until I can't eat anymore. Today I realize that maybe this isn't the best way to deal with stress, duh!
So my smart, talented, handsome, 17 year old son has decided to basically drop out of high school. At least I wasn't gorging myself for no reason, right?
He suffers from depression and has been having panic attacks in school. Most of his friends were older and graduated over the past two years. His mentor, a drama teacher at the school died of brain cancer last year. His dad, Asshat, has had nothing to do with John for over 6 months despite court ordered counseling. John has gone and continues to go. Asshat is convinced that that only one with a problem is our son, so he doesn't need to go. He has willingly given up all contact with his oldest child. I don't get it, I'd be fighting every day to get back into his life, but I'm not him.
All of those things along with the suicide of a close friend at 14 got him way behind in school. We knew he would not graduate with his class, but the plan was for him to keep going for a 5th year and finish sometime that year. Well the rules have changed. They no longer allow 5th year seniors. The plan we have been been counting on for almost 2 years! Now he's welcome to complete all of his classes that he hates this year, but it won't count towards him getting a diploma, cause he can't come back to finish. The school is basically telling him there is no point in continuing, he won't graduate no matter what he does!
He's going to drop all but one class and hopefully find a job. This will count as a co-op situation and allow him to be involved with the goings on of his senior year, without wasting his time. We'll start working towards a GED after his class graduates (he can't do it until then).
This post may not even make sense, I'm just trying to get it all out there, spewing it out in chunks.
My son is very happy & relieved. I am mad, frustrated, dissapointed and sad. Plus this frickin' flu is still not gone! I'll get back to the real world soon, hopefully. I just have to deal with this & get my head back in order.