Well, he beat me to it! I was going to post the story this morning, but Big Tex works at night and he got the jump on me! Man, what an evening. Thank you all SO MUCH for your words of encouragement and support - it really means a lot. Dede, don't worry - my eyes are wide open and have been for a long time. I'm not going back. But I don't particularly want to be railroaded out either. If I make this permanent I want it to be on my own terms. Tex didn't mention it, but this past Saturday morning two sisters came by and nervously wanted to know how I was and where I'd been. They, uh, couldn't stay because, uh, there were other people in the van getting hot, but they just, uh, wanted to stop by and say "hi" and, oh, be sure to call if you want to talk. I told them how I felt about the way our son was treated when he had the arthritis (our son is SIX YEARS OLD, by the way, which made watching him scream in pain even harder - not that it would be easy at any age) and got so angry just talking about that, that I started to cry. They beat a hasty retreat. I didn't bring up my concerns about child abuse because I didn't want to be accused of causing divisions. However, I had been saving that little TX Dept. of Corrections printout for the next elder who said "boo," and there he was. Tex thinks the sisters were the advance guard for last night's visit. I do believe I will take his advice and switch our cards to another congregation, one that was also really good at ignoring me.
Oh, yeah, and I AM PMSing this week - his bad luck!!!!