Two things my family has taught me

Two things?! Okay, let’s see. I feel like my sons — both in their late 20’s — are teaching me about dogs. Pets are something that my wife and I never brought into our family, except if you count the few months with a gerbil before lost her. I don’t know what this is teaching me, but it is something about being connected to all of life — at least all of life above the ocean. I know it sounds cosmic or something, but there is something new for me about caring about an animal, and this caring is teaching me about caring about all animals and about the whole idea of what it means to care for another being. It’s like having a laboratory for thinking about things like this.

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