Thanks, all. I didn't faint while shoveling snow. I just collapsed slowly to the ground in pain -- no hitting my head or fainting. I just have a bad back as it is & this made it worse.
Karen, they don't want me going back to teaching bilingual. They are racist against the children I used to (and want to again) teach & don't really have much regard for teaching even in mainstream classrooms. Everyone else in my family pulls down six-figure incomes (including my sibs) and they can't see how a sane person would "throw her life away teaching children". They have a racial-slur version of that to refer specifically to hispanic children. It irritates me to no end. When I became Christian, I decided that I wanted to live my life to please God, rather than just to make as much money as possible. I changed my major from accounting to education & never heard the end of it. I hated my accounting internship, so I probably wouldn't have continued as an accounting major in any case, but they are just very, very unhappy that I choice education.
They keep telling me I should take out loans & go to business school to study finance or IT or something that "would make me happy" -- since they equate huge income with happiness, which I find peculiar since none of them are happy.
Yes, they can file the case. The last time the hearing officer threw it out on day 2, before I ever had to appear. My guess is that would happen the same this time but I had a full-time job the last time they tried and a counselor I was seeing twice a week who had met my mom & wrote the court a letter saying that the whole thing was absolute nonsense & I was totally capable of making my own decisions in life and plenty of people choose professions that pay less but are more fulfilling (she was a nun, so that statement carried a lot of weight).
All this complete craziness is why I want absolutely nothing to do with them. They seem normal until you get to know them closer & then you realize just how insane they are (esp. my mom, though dad enables her). My counselor was not sure I wasn't exaggerating things even though she had seen people as sick as my mom when she worked in a psych hospital. But when my mom came in to talk with her & didn't immediately get the counselor to agree with her, she turned on the counselor, telling her she was a horrible woman & a liar & destructive & that she ought to have her license revoked & on & on & on until my counselor finally pretended to agree with her just to get her to leave her office. So, I'm not the only one my mom is so hateful toward. She always has to have someone to hate -- my gma, uncle, sibs, me, dad, etc. And though she doesn't tell her clients off, which is why she's so successful, she complains about them & her bosses to absolutely everyone, including the mailman, meat delivery man, florist, grocer, or anyone else she spends 30 seconds or more with.
Part of me knows she is totally insane & I can't believe anything she says, but I've just heard it over & over & over & over again all my life, usually while being beaten to within an inch of my life. I am trying to focus on what is true, but that is sometimes easier said that done.
I'm gonna try to see if I can't dig up some of my friends' numbers maybe in boxes in basement. I can't continue to be around them when things are already going so wrong.