I was close with him while I was married to DEX (Matt), and up until the time that Matt's brother died 8 years ago. Matt & I were on the outs with his folks after that (that's a post in itself) and he never reconnected with them until after we split. So, I was surprised to find myself teary eyed at the news. They knew it was coming, he was battling cancer for awhile, and the poor man was withering away to nothing. In fact, Matt was going to have the death talk with Tink this weekend (it is her weekend with him) but he passed last night and he never got the chance. So in a little while I will go pick her up from Princess Precious Glitterface and I guess the death talk is MY job. Oh why didn't someone sign me up for this sooner? I just can't wait. I also saw one of my stepsons last night for the first time in YEARS (x-stepsons? Tink's older half-brother) when they came to get Tink. Oh, I thought I'd die. The divorce is long over with, and the grieving is a thing of the past, but man oh man how I miss those boys.