For a long time, my stepson, Jonathan, was unhappy to have me as part of his family, for he resented that he didn’t have both biological parents at home. I tried to get to know him better, but he would complain that I invaded his privacy. As a newcomer, I understood that our relationship would require effort from both of us. It was not enough that I was friendly. Jonathan also had to want us to be friends, and I was not happy with the two of us being strangers, but I could wait for him to feel more comfortable around me.


Anne Marie collects antique bottles and loves to turn them into works of Art.  likes. picks spends appear does not


Smell a Rat:

that something is definitely wrong


Straight From the Horse’s Mouth:

from a very reliable source.


Cat got your tongue:

keeping quiet


Pay Through the Nose:

paying such a high price


Get off my back:

stop bothering you