Not so much a guess. Your story sounded too familiar to be coincidence. We have friends (the Melgrens) in common. My daughter and Kristine have been fast friends since the first grade I think. Post a link to your blog in your signature. I would love to read it.
S/V Boccata d'Aria
I'm not sure what Dickens are, but I think they may be important and I sure as hell don't want them scared out of me.......Izzy