I was going to take this blog down, and in fact did for a few hours. But I got an e-mail from a very kind person encouraging me to keep it up. He reaffirmed to me that I had done nothing wrong, and my significant other agrees. Thanks to both of you.
To quote Forrest Gump, "Stupid is as stupid does." I would substitute the word "retarded", but as an educator of students with special needs, I find that word offensive and do not use it, or allow my children to use it. But apparently some stupid people still do. As my S.O. says, "consider the source."