If You Don’t Like Her, We Can Just Return Her
As we left the puppy foster home, we hopped into our vehicle. Mr. MPB was driving. I was hugging our adorable little puppy who was shaking uncontrollably.
As I stared at our little furball, petting her and hoping she would calm down. My only words:
“Hun, if you don’t like her, we can just return her”
The look on Mr. MPB’s face was priceless. He knew in that moment, just as I did, she was never leaving us. Clearly this dog was already a forever member of our family.
Mr. MPB still likes to tease me for that fact that I said we could returned her. We knew we made a lifelong promise to love and protect her. She’s an innocent rescue puppy who had a rough start in life, and when she joined us at about 9 weeks old, we knew she’d never live that way again. And now that she’s part of our family we are fully committed to giving her a life that all dogs dream about – lazy afternoons sleeping in the sunshine, walking around the block, playing in the park, always having healthy food and clean water that just appears in her dish, a lifetime supply of snuggles, regular medical care, the odd treat and the pure enjoyment of chasing a green laser light that dances across the floor.
Until I started the process of adopting a human I didn’t realize just how horrible my naive statement was.
The fact was, with the rescue organization we chose, there was a three week clause in the contact that said we could return her. There is a lifelong clause that they will take her back if we were ever unable to care for her. (And there was also a clause that states we cannot eat her…)
At the time, I didn’t mean for my comment to be anything other then cheeky and funny (I’m rather sarcastic in my real life). But now I realize that it’s just not the type of comment you make, there is no humor is suggesting any living thing can be returned. I’ve learned and I know know better. I now realize there are some things you just don’t say, and this was one of them.
Now that we are adopting a child I’ve been educated and my perspective has drastically changed. I never want my child to know that I said this about our puppy. Because, I never want our child to ever, not even for a millisecond, think that they could be returned.
For us, having a child(ren), adopted or not, means we are making a promise that is life long, just as it was/is for our puppy. So long as I am alive, so long as Mr. MPB is alive, they will be our first priority. And even through our wills, our child will continue to be our top priority We will forever do our best to protect them, educate them and love them. Nothing, absolutely nothing can break that promise.
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