I had to take some time to myself. It seems my wife and I are going to have a baby. I am happy for this. But we also adopted a sixteen year-old girl a few weeks ago. I am confused about this. She is my wife's cousin, and was adopted by my wife's aunt at age two. Fourteen years later this woman abandons her, domesticly and emotionally.

She, the cousin, has ADHD(Attention Defecit Hyperactivity Disorder) and some anger problems. She can be moody and very defiant. But she is good at heart and wants to please to extents that no child should have to. It just took me back when the whole situation was put before me. Being a parent, I will love my children no matter what or who they turn out to be. To adopt, though, to me took a special kind of love that should be stronger than any. To see that love fail is saddening.

I hope I never fail my children like that.