I also wanted to say to mrkitty that your post about the effect Ehell has had on you really resonated with me as I could really relate to a lot of it, including the impact television had on my perceptions of reality, my Special Snowflake moments (I have embarrassingly had many) and the great anxiety I felt in my youth trying to FIX everything and make EVERYBODY happy. I'm glad to say that Ehell, age/experience/wisdom, and some really good anti-anxiety meds have helped me with a new perspective, and I appreciated your deep and powerful insight. So thank you for posting that!
(And for posting this story! Glad to hear your nieces are doing very well. :-) )