Some things I wish I’d taught my children better by example:
*writing thank you notes
*making their bed in the morning
One teach-by-example category I feel pretty good about is compassionate treatment of animals. In addition to raising dogs, goats, hamsters, gerbils, mice, turtles, fish, a snake, a guinea pig, and one barn cat, we took care of a sparrow hatchling named Patrick, a baby raccoon named Michael, an unexpected backyard horse, and many lost dogs. We did whatever we could to find their home, nurse them to health, or offer a safe hospice haven.
Anna and Robert’s dogs disturbed a rabbit nest. Mama bunny never returned, so A&R decided to nurse five orphaned bunnies. Certainly they might die, but they are warm and safe and getting the best chance two humans can offer.
Probably their compassion is innate, but I like to think we set the stage for a heart open to possibilities.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 308: 158 words, TOTAL = 50,551; 9,449 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.