I used to think callings were what nuns got. A call from Gd on the bat phone that means you need to move but I think I have one. I think I've had it for a very long time. Foster parenting. Child advocasy. Timely now? Not even a little bit but how can you refuse a pull you have had for over 20 years. I can't. If Cancer gave me anything it's a new set of lenses. One where I can weed out the toxic, bring in the good and realign myself with what I need. I'm not a fantastic parent. I can't impart the best advice on younglings - I can barely take care of my own at times but there is something about a child in need that puts it all in perspective. I can love them. I can feed them. I can help them heal themselves. I can give them family and tradition and support or at the very least, a warm, safe bed and hot meals until they are ready for more. I can show my children the world is huge and sometimes unkind but we, not only as Jews, but as people can help. Will it be crazy at times? Chaotic? Busy? Not fun??? Well yeah...of course...so is life.
The kids are on board (more kids! more fun! more noise! ) but what we do know is we have a lot of love to give and a bed and that's all we need. Time will come, space will avail itself, life will open up, our hearts will soar.
I do believe if we do the right action, the right thought will follow so here goes...it will be hard, gut wrenching, heart breaking, life filling and likely fun too...it's giving the gift of love and family and how can that ever be wrong?