omg auntdot! i think you deserve to win the lottery or something, after all of that heartache.
and lol about having a car stolen in nyc. everyone i know at work has had at least 1 car stolen, including myself.
i had a leased car that after 2 years was falling apart and dinged up, so it was gonna cost me a lot to get it fixed up just to hand it back in at the end of the lease. then one morning, after a midnight shift, i went outside and found it was stolen. i think i was the only person ever to be happy for that.
but the police gave me the same story. i had to go to them to file a report, and they couldn't have cared less, even though it had just been taken less than 2 hours before.
like everyone says, posessions, even irreplaceable ones aren't important so long as your loved ones are safe.
in nomine patri, et fili, et spiritus sancti.
beidh ar la linn.
wisdom is often in short supply within ones' ego.