It has come to my attention that one of our members has chosen not to be active on this forum anymore because of some of my posts of recent months regarding the difficulty my family has been having with my son. I wish SparkleNana would have reached out to me to discuss her discontent as I would have apologized for offending and upsetting her. Sadly, she will be missed, but she has to do what she feels is best for her. I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't live in a world that is all roses and sunshine. I live in realty and sometimes reality bites. HARD. This past year has been the most difficult of my life. To watch your child turn into someone you don't even recognize, to see them take everything you have taught them and throw it all away is heartbreaking. We haven't spoken to Grayson in weeks, he wants nothing to do with us. The pain is excruciating, but we have to move on. I have shared everything that has happened with Grayson these last few months because that is what we do here. We share the good, the bad and the ugly. This is where we come when our husbands die or get deployed, we get cancer, we lose our jobs, we have problems with our families, neighbors & friends. We also come here to celebrate new babies, new grand babies, new homes, new pets and anything else that is going on in our lives. We do this because this forum and the Chit Chat thread are a place of friendship, comfort, respect, safety and security. We can say things here when we have no other place to say them; knowing that we won't be judged or ridiculed. We can rant, rave and let off steam because sometimes we have to get the bad thoughts out of our heads and our hearts in order to stay sane and move on. Some of us have been together since 2007 when Gingerbug started this forum and some of us even before that at Organized Christmas. That is a long time to be together and I think it is only fitting that this forum and the Chit Chat thread would take a more intimate tone. You can't be together as long as we have and not let it get personal. I will wrap this up by saying that if I have upset or offended anyone else on this forum and you are considering leaving because of it, please have the courage to contact me and tell me. I will delete my account rather than have anyone else leave because of anything I have said. Thank you.