Gail, thanks for the pep talk and the hyperbolical compliments however undeserved. I just needed to think things through and writing has always been a way for me to regain balance. As you can see, by the time I got to the last paragraph, I had already come to grips with the issue. Still, I enjoyed wallowing in self-pity for the day--such a luxury!
And, yes, the spiked hair is fun and carefree.