That's terrible news MacT.
I think it would be great if you got your boys into the DarkeMud community. If they're anything like you I'm sure they'll be warmly welcomed!
You've given us all so much over the years that I don't think you owe us anything, especially in terms of explaination for short periods of absence.
Take as much time as you need away as I'm sure you'll need time with your boys to aid each other through the period of transition. I don't think anybody will want to rush you back while you deal with your personal situation and I believe we're all here to support you in whatever way we can.
If you say plz because it is shorter than please, then I will say no because it is shorter then yes.