Through years of growing up begging for a dog, my dad has always said he’d rather of another kid. I’d beg for a dog, year after year, sometimes trying to hint at it for a birthday or Christmas gift, but to no avail. I always got the same response - “I’d rather have another kid before I get a dog.”
With the season of family gatherings coming up, and the COVID-19 pandemic in full gear, it becomes easy to lose the light in your life. These are scary times for all of us, not being able to do all of the activities we would like to do, not being able to see all of the people we want to see, and I’m sure we’ve all had our moments of feeling sad, maybe even depressed, thinking, “When will this all be over?”
Imagine that one day you wake up to the smell of smoke. Your house is in flames and you are trapped inside. After struggles and burns, you manage to make it out only to realize all of the houses around you are on fire, too. You are in pain and have nowhere to go, and all of your friends are in the same boat. Miraculously, some mythical creatures come to save you. They begin extinguishing the fires and saving your friends and family as well. They work at these fires day after day after day, until one day, it is deemed safe for you to return home. But home, unfortunately, is not what it used to be. There is damage that will take years to repair; you are still out of food, out of shelter, out of hope.