My girlfriend has not has contact with her 4 kids for 11 years. This is a VERY long story, and ends with her signing away her rights to them when her oldest was 7 years old. This sounds bad, but at that stage in her life, she was simply not capable of taking care of them, and gave them up to someone who could. I want to stress, this is a long story, and trust me, she definitely did the right thing, and it was best for her children, despite how much it hurt her - and continuted to for these 11 years. Well, though the magic of the internet, she's been talking with her older two, who are 18 and 17 now, and could not be happier. This is a very odd thing for me, since I don't have children, nor do I want any, among other things, which I won't go into here. Girlfriend, however, is high on life now, I've never seen her so happy, which thrills me. I originally was planning to have her and her sister go to meet her children first - while she knows she'll never be their "mom"... you can't blame her for wanting a relationship with them again. I've been trying to stay out of this for the time being - I want to let her build her relationship with them first. I talked to her firstborn for the first time today. Turns out, he's a Transformers collector too - and told her the exact same thing I did when I told her about my hobby - "I know they're just toys, but I like them." I have a feeling I'm going to get along with him VERY well, and I'm really overjoyed that, right off the bat, we have something in common. In fact, I showed him pictures of my collection (little outdated, but I've mostly just added to it), and he was impressed - said he wished he had one like mine! (also helps that we have very similar taste in video games) There's no real point to the story. I'm just really happy about it and wanted to share.