I'm glad to read that your son is doing well and able to enjoy the celebration of his birthday. It sounds to me like he is strong and wise, and in touch with his emotions, and that's really good.....especially during this tough time. It's wonderful that he has so much support, from you, and from his dad and his friends, too. I'm also glad to read that he is going to see a counselor, and that you were able to find some books for him to help him along the way. Like I said before, he is lucky to have you.
It sounds like you have a good support system, too, with your friends and your therapist, and you have some good options for things to do this summer, which is wonderful. I take my hat off to you, experiencing divorce with two children to raise.......I've found it difficult doing it alone (the children we raised were my ex's bio children), and I can only imagine what it must have taken for you to cope. I hope you don't mind me asking this, but did you ever have an interest in a serious relationship after your divorce? I'm not at the stage where I'm looking, and I'm not sure if I will ever be in the position where I want to 'go there' again. I can see, perhaps, wanting to have dates or companionship eventually, but I really enjoy living alone (as I did prior to marriage), and I don't see myself wanting to marry again.
Thank you for your offer of support in return. I so appreciate that! If you have any advice or words of wisdom on how you moved forward after divorce, I'd be so pleased to hear them.