Yes, I can feel the loss of vitality. This feels like an extended family facing a loved ones tragic illness. The relationship of these people is real and lasting. It may not be the best of times, but this is a time that will increase the intensity and validity of the feelings of these characters. Thank you for making me feel like I am a part of this story.
Bonnie, you ARE part of the story! I named Natalie's mom after YOU! I'm glad you like the story so far. It's so special. Bonnie, in Ethan's story, is like the mom / mother-in-law everyone would love to have! -Julie