This whole piece kind of read like you were trying to defend your decisions. If you are happy with your life, that is what matters. And people are afraid of what is different. Also? Anyone who doubts you’re really happy? Probably not so happy themselves. Your dad sounds really amazing. You, your mom, and your sisters are lucky to have known a man like him. I would add your step-mother as well, but you what about what she did and so…I guess she was lucky as well, but…she seems like she was quite…sucky.