My 32 year old son railed against me for this 2 weeks before Christmas. He also told me that I was too old to be feeling the pangs of empty nest and that I needed to move on - I had already been a mother and my time was over. I'm 56 and hadn't seen my daughter's child - my one precious grandchild in nearly a year (had just found out that night that another is on its way).
He'll never understand that I became a single mom within 2 years of buying into DVC in the early 90s and that I fought tooth and nail to make those 8 more years of payments on a barely there salary until I made it in the world. He'll never understand the hopes and dreams I had of giving my children something more - something to aspire to. The future I envisioned for my grandchildren. He doesn't get the joy I had when I was able to add 1100 points in resale a few years ago - ensuring wonderful vacations for friends and family and a partial retirement someday.
I don't decorate my house in Disney decor. I don't believe the characters are real (take it easy there, DISers). Most trips, I don't even use my trusty AP.
Now, just 2 months later, I find myself in an awful position of having to sell most of my points and not fast enough. Add it to my pile of mourning. Just one more thing that didn't work out. More salt in the wound but I've come to terms with it. One of my younger co-workers called me Lemony Snicket the other day, it was funny; sort of.
But, I will forever miss those points, however grateful I am to have had them and more grateful to be fortunate to keep some and, sadly, I will not be able to forget my Son's freedom to speak to me the way he did and the fury he had because I spent my very hard earned money on a dream that we would all be a family forever - a real, American, normal family or the harsh mocking of my Disney travel habits. I travel quite a bit to many places so it was unnecessarily cruel. (and, no, neither of us could have guessed at the series of circumstances that happened 3 weeks ago all at once).
So, OP, next time someone comments on your travel. Smile brightly, fill that mouth with sugar and say, "Why bless your heart, for asking. I'm flattered you're so interested." and then change the topic.
Have a DVC day!