Do you have a pet? A dog or a cat that keeps you company, gives you companionship, is there when you need a silent (sometimes not so silent) friend? I have two little dogs. In my transition from mom of three children to empty-nester, I knew something about myself. I NEED to be needed. Now I have two small dogs. And let me tell you...dogs NEED you to need them. They are always there to greet me when I come home. They follow me around the house and sit close by when I'm working. They are always happy with whatever I fix them for dinner and come lounge with me in my lounge chair. I LOVE my little dogs. And just like when my children were little, I can't pass the toy aisle without glancing at the toys they might enjoy. Dog toy aisle, that is! So now I have a dog toy addiction. If not for the firm "no" of my husband, I'd bring home a toy every time I go to the store. My Yorkie loves the ones that squeak. My Malti-poo turns her nose up in disdain (I think she's really a cat deep down inside).
Do you have a pet? Or did you when you were a child? Tell me about them. I remember each of mine and mourn their losses, just like family. Because that is what they are.