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.
A true lover of nature does not despair now that his mistress has turned a colder cheek.