For a long while, this high-stakes hurry-up-and-wait was unacceptable. I — and, I think, a lot of rescue dog owners — am a bleeding-heart problem solver. I see a challenge, I try to overcome it. I see a wrong, I try to right it. I see a loved one struggling, I try to relieve it.
All the while, blissfully unaware, Vector is licking and jumping, sniffing and marking. He’s all-in on life. His ignorance becomes brilliance though a simple lesson: We can’t let unresolved issues — even big ones — prevent us from full, joyful lives.
And that brings me to my son.
Toddlers are blank slates. They are uncomplicated, uncompromised, bursting with potential. It’s beautiful now but, as our kids grow, parenthood promises an ever-fluid, head-spinning journey into the unknown.