I have no idea how it happened, but… Things are finally getting better with Mari.
I’ve been going crazy these past few months worrying about her. Hell, even Jade’s been starting to get a little nervous. Especially after she lost her job. Gabriela’s learning not to ask as many questions, but I can tell she worries too. And Lina… Well, I think she’s just sad, you know? It can’t be easy to see your sibling like that. I know it sure as Hell isn’t easy when it’s your child.
But what could we do about any of it? Stage an intervention or something? God, with the way Mari explodes at us if we even look at her the wrong way, there’s no WAY it could have worked. I don’t think anything could. And I think knowing that is what made it so much more painful. I wish I could have done more but… I just couldn’t.
So to say I’m relieved right now is would be a bit of an understatement.
I mean, the most important thing is that she finally found a job. She’s really nothing more than a glorified paper-pusher, to be honest… A lot like my old job back when I first moved here. Mari doesn’t seem overly thrilled about it, but I can tell she likes having a reason to leave the house again, at least.
But it’s more than just having a job again. It’s the little things – Smiling a bit more, carrying on a pleasant conversation every now and then… She’s even been playing the piano again – That always used to make her so happy when she was little. I’m not really sure why she lost interest in it… But she’s been spending a lot of time sitting at that old thing lately. And Jade and I couldn’t be happier.
Unfortunately some things will never change, I guess. I’ve still been catching her going out late at night… and stumbling home early in the morning. But it’s not every night anymore, at least. So it’s a start.
I guess the most exciting thing, though, is the other sort of going out she’s been doing. During the day, if you can believe it. With some new friend of hers. Humberto, I think? She’s only mumbled his name once or twice, when we ask her who she’s calling or texting all the time.
We’ve learned the hard way not to mention the word “boyfriend” around her though.
Well, either way, this “friend” or “boyfriend” or whatever he is has certainly been making all of our lives easier, that’s for sure. I don’t think we’re out of the woods just yet. But it’s a step in the right direction, at least. He’s changed something in her – and I think it’s for the better.
Maybe someday she’ll let us meet him and we can thank him in person.