I heard something funny on the radio the other day. A mother had called in to some political show talking about all of the taxes taken from her and given to others. In her case, she wished she had the $ to do with as she pleased, to give it to her choice of charity. Her daughter turned up pregnant in the girl's Soph. year of college and this mother said that she went and got three jobs to deal with it. But, I thought she said three "dogs"! In my mind I thought, perfect. Having three dogs would keep my $ and attention tied up and my pregnant adult child would be responsible for herself and the baby if she decided against adoption. Well, that's not what that mother meant at all. She meant she had to have those jobs to help her daughter and grandchild.
I smiled as I thought of my own circumstance. We have a young alcoholic in our family who has left quite a lot of destruction in his path w/ his addiction. Before Al Anon, I was killing myself trying to make things right. Eventually I realized I had loads of love and nurturing to give and it was like poison to my alcoholic son. What was best for my son was for him to be responsible for his own life and consequences. So, to do what I love most, I started fostering dogs. I give the sympathy and care to a truly needy creature that is helped w/ my attention. Thank God for growth.