Today I was reading the new brochure for the local school's Adult Education Program. There was a ton of courses, but one jumped out at me. Here in Maine we have what is called A Family for Me. The me being the abbreviation for Maine. Anyway its a free course that helps interested people become foster parents.
Now you all know Patty and I have been having difficulties, but we seem to be coming out of it. At the same time we do have a pretty good spare room in our house. Growing up in a foster home myself, I know what I am getting involved in, so in a nut shell I would not mind being a professional parent.
I am not saying I am the perfect candidate to be a foster dad, but to be honest, neither was my dad, but he did alright. Anyway I mentioned it to Patty and she kind of waffled. Patty is a teacher and knows that foster kids come with baggage because of their situations. She is hesitant to be involved with them 24/7. Still she showed an interest in "checking out the course".
What do you guys and gals think? I mean we have been having problems marriage wise, so maybe we should not get involved. Part of me says that it just would not be right, but another part of me says, share your home because no parent is really perfect.
No matter what we decide to do, let me say, for those that are Foster and Adopted Parents, its the ultimate sacrifice really. Taking in battered and abused children and sharing something that is very sacred...their homes. To those that do that, thanks.
I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"