Dd has been hired at a 'vintage' clothing store downtown.
Congratulations to both of them! Is Christine's new job full time, or close to it? Meaning, will she be able to support herself on this job alone or have to have a second part time job to make ends meet? You haven't mentioned her moving out so I suppose that she still has her stuff at your house and spends the occasional night there? I hope that the new job allows her attend the family dinners more often so you can have everybody together (except Michael of course).
Does Patrick have a special aptitude for or interest in working with wood, or is this "just a job". Either way, I imagine that you are glad that he has found steady work. I sure hope that the ability to sleep through the alarm won't be a problem. Raquel used to have a lot of difficulty with that and got more than one boss quite upset with her for her tardiness...so for a few years her solution was to get jobs that didn't require appearing before noon!
I hope that the jobs work out well for both of them.
Christine's work is all part time but perhaps in time she can make up enough hours at both (bar and store) to afford to move out of here!
You are right that the service industry jobs are rarely full time, I had kind of forgotten that because my dd was able to support herself on her last restaurant job alone--I think she typically got 4-5 shifts per week, mostly dinner, and while it wasn't an elegant place it was not cheap and in NYC the locals tip well.
Let's see, Calgary always needs people to work in the oil and gas industry, and that must cover a lot of jobs, from blue collar to white collar jobs.
Even though Christine has moved back in, in a way, it's nothing like how when she did live here years back.
Sabr, I'm guessing that you mean to just state some facts but your post does come across as somewhat judgemental sounding. Maybe your family is closer, or maybe that has nothing to do with it. As emptynester says, each family is different. As you probably know from Shirley's previous posts, lack of transportation is a major problem between the downtown area where her dd can find work and the far-flung neighborhood of the family home.