Our beautiful angel has had a string of inappropriate boyfriends for the past few years. She wouldn't even ask to date them after she got of age to date because she knew they were inappropriate, but it was as if she couldn't begin to be interested in a decent guy.
In February, she came home and said she finally dumped A, the guy everybody said over and over wasn't good enough for her. Then she came home and said B was her boyfriend. Yes, A, then B. I did my homework and found he was a scumbag too. He even looked scary like he'd do something to her. She came home and said she broke up with him, that he was a jerk.
We laughingly asked if she was going thru the alphabet for her high school years and if she really wanted that reputation of so many boyfriends. We asked who all at school had names starting with C, since she was going thru the alphabet. It became a running joke and for a few weeks, she left boys alone and was telling the creeps no.
Then came the day...she came home and said remember "Z" that I've been friends with since 7th grade, well, he's my new boyfriend.
Yeah, we had to laugh about her jumping right to Z.
She said "I decided you're right, it's better to date a friend or nobody at all". Not only that, but a week later, over dinner, it was "Mom, Dad, I need to ask you something" She actually wanted to go OUT with this boy. Finally one she trusted.
She's been dating him a few months, we like him and they are friends and not 24/7 on each other. When we got ready to officially meet him (we'd met him at back to school previously, but not in a setting where we got to know each other), she said "Dad, I think I'm worried because you two will talk and I'll be left out, because y'all are alot alike".
Finally, she liked somebody like her dad and not somebody like the past people in her life that ended up in jail, etc.
They are similar enough that I feel like it's not going to be long term, but it's definitely a step in the right direction. It's a promising sign that she's looking for stability and goodness and not just that bad boy chemistry.