I grew up wanting to save the world. Actually it wasn’t so much a “want” as an obligation.
Maybe it was 60’s idealism.
Or eldest child syndrome.
Or Catholic penance.
It might even be the Girl Scouts who, as a condition of my induction at age 7, made me promise “to help other people every day.”
When I see a problem, I feel obligated to fix it.
It didn’t take me long to figure out that saving the world is not a one-person job. I would have to scale back and save one person at a time. Whew, this was going to take a while.
Then I figured out you can’t actually save another person either, except in those rare instances when your superfluous kidney is an exact match for a dying someone.
To my surprise, I learned that most people don’t want to be saved. They are content, whether I approve or not. Go figure!
Some people do want to change. But they don't want to be saved. They just want a little help, a kind word, or a safe space while they solve their own problems. So I wrote a series of self-help books for adults.
One for the Kids!
My children’s book grew out of watching my toddler granddaughter struggle with the realization that those of us who love her, don’t always feel exactly the same way she does.
But we still love her.
And both of our feelings are perfectly okay.
Her shock at this concept made me realize that other kids might be struggling with it too. So in our playtime, we invented Jess and Casey. Eventually, we wrote a book.
Next, my helper-self met an aging dog in need of a good home.
I suspect Huff sees me a “senior rescue human”: a human who had too much time on her hands, lived too much in her head, and had far too little pet dander in her home. He is working to solve all of those. Yes, a sense of humor is the first requirement for dealing with a rescue dog.
Maybe for dealing with life.
I had no idea when we met that I would one day write a book about our life together. But that's what I am working on now. My plan is to publish that in 2020.
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