Originally Posted by wifeandmom
Big huge hugs to you. First and foremost. My heart hurts for you.
Now, go back and read what you wrote, paying close attention to the bolded. I could have written this myself. Phony and contrived simply is NOT reality. It's just... not. No matter how hard we try to make it so, it simply isn't.
You now have an opportunity. One that will likely take you some time to adjust to, mostly because ALL major life changes...