My neighbour actively avoided me today, not the neighbour who has gossiped about and bullied me for almost a decade, the neighbour who usually says good morning. Maybe its because I am the only single parent in my street? Although this was not through choice, i'm a widow and I have raised three wonderful daughters alone; one is now a teacher, one is at university and my youngest is an A* student who speaks five languages and she is only just 15. Maybe it is because my house started to fall apart through my times of grief? I don't think so, my dearest friends have fixed my home and it is now the smartest in the street. Maybe, and most likely, the neighbour that gossips has finally got to the dear old man and convinced him that the lies he tells about me are the absolute truth. I am used to his nastiness but it does amaze me who would want to bully anyone let alone a woman with three children whose husband died when she was thirty three. I am a very private but polite lady but I think my privacy has been my downfall. When they don't know whats going on in someones life some people just invent a story then tell others. I have heard all sorts of crazy tales about me and most of the time I smile and carry on with my day but the old man avoiding me really hurt. I always thought he knew me better than that and would never be part of gossip club. Clearly I was wrong. The worst thing about the whole situation is although I am a private person, I am also very approachable and will always tell the truth. If someone wants to know something about my life I wish they would just ask, I would happily tell them. I have had the most difficult ten years but I am so proud of how far my daughters and I have come. I have picked up such wisdom and experience along the way that I would be happy to talk to others if they just asked. The events that have occured in my life could happen to anyone at any time, without warning or prejudice. Its worth bearing in mind.