In Autumn 2004 Younger Son set off for his first term at Portsmouth university; eighteen months later, unhappy with both the course and the place, he dropped out. I was quite relieved as his health - both physical and mental - appeared to be suffering. For 9 months he was unemployed then he found a boring office job that he stayed with for a year. The company he was working for was looking to be heading towards bankruptcy and he had what seemed a good opportunity of a different job. He took redundancy and the other job came to nothing. Since then he's been moping around the house not getting replies to his many job applications.
A few months ago he told us he'd decided he'd like to go back to university, but this time to the newly-created Swansea Metropolitan University (the old Swansea Institute) to study Environmental Conservation. We were delighted. He's also trying to turn his life around in other ways.
He's now in his second week and so far so good ...
He has a job interview at the weekend for a job as part-time barman at Loughor Workingmen's Club. If you're a pray-er, please put in a prayer for him!