Welcome to you as well. I guess there are a lot of us newbies here, huh? I understand what you mean about your love for people not diminishing even when you've moved on. I've never understood how someone can (seemingly) cut their ties and move on so easiy. For me I feel like I can never entirely let go. Once I love, it always seems to be there, at least in some way.
And its refreshing to hear someone talk about different ways to mother. Sometimes the pressure to be the ideal soccer mom feels overwhelming. And then there's me- the tattooed left wing mom who always feels a little out of place!
Anyways- I'm rambling. Welcome!