Nancy Gibbs (Time Magazine)—Sit. Stay. Trust. Learn.

Posted by Kendall Harmon

My friends who grew up with dogs tell me how when they were teenagers and trusted no one in the world, they could tell their dog all their secrets. It was the one friend who would not gossip or betray, could be solemn or silly or silent as needed, could provide in the middle of the night the soft, unbegrudging comfort and peace that adolescence conspires to disrupt. An age that is all about growth and risk needs some anchors and weights, a model of steadfastness when all else is in flux. Sometimes I think Twist's abiding devotion keeps my girls on a benevolent leash, one that hangs quietly at their side as they trot along but occasionally yanks them back to safety and solid ground.

We've weighed so many decisions so carefully in raising our daughters--what school to send them to and what church to attend, whether to let them drop soccer or piano at the risk of teaching them irresponsibility, when to give them cell phones and with what precautions. But when it comes to what really shapes their character and binds our family, I never would have thought we would owe so much to its smallest member.

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchChildrenMarriage & Family* General InterestAnimals* TheologyPastoral Theology

Posted August 28, 2010 at 11:01 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Kendall Harmon wrote:

This is a wonderful piece for anyone who has pets; I have been meaning to post it and am glad the Time Magazine was still staring at me today in on of the rooms in the house so I could be reminded to post it.

August 28, 3:24 pm | [comment link]
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