I'm heading offline for Shabbat (hooray for Shabbat), but before I go, I just wanted to say this: I often feel loved and appreciated by my friends, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have people in my life like all of you. Still, there's something extraordinary about someone seeing you, with great affection, exactly the way you most want to be seen. Thanks, eclectician.
(You see, now I have to read Sabriel again this weekend. There are definitely worse fates. -g-)
Shabbat Shalom, all - I'll be back after these messages, with an answer for bneuensc about how the boy and I met. (Too long a story for the comments!)