Andy grew up in the country; Tommy in the suburbs.
Andy grew up with a family of addicts — still using today; Tommy didn’t.
Andy grew up with very little — Tommy had pretty much what he wanted growing up.
Both Andy and Tommy bought in to what we do here and were willing followed suggestions. Andy came first and was the initial person Tommy met when he arrived. They bonded from that day.
Andy graduates this month, Tommy in 6 months.
Both are working now and, with job schedule changes, each independently walked into my classroom the same day.
Guys around here always say it’s good to never forget where they came from. So they stop by class to listen, share and offer a shot of hope to the new guys now sitting there!