I got to thinking about a conversation I had with a friend regarding dogs and children. My friend was wondering whether she should take the plunge and get a dog (she is single), or if she should wait until she's "ready." She and I have had many conversations about her life and where she's at right now, and she came to the conclusion that a dog was the next step. Of course, she has plans for the next two weeks and says she will not be able to adopt a dog until then. Then, the unexpected happened. She fell in love with a dog she found online. This was totally out of left field, and she found herself imagining life with that sweet, fluffy, canine. BUT, she remembered she had plans and it wouldn't work out right now (hoping that the puppy would still be there in two weeks). Unfortunately, to her regret, the puppy had been adopted!
Listening to her story made me think about children. Often times couples will adopt a dog usually as a trial period to see what kind of parents they will be. Not saying they don't love the dog; rather this is a way to care for another living being. I admit, my husband and I adopted a dog one month after we were married! Enter the question of children: Should we have kids now? Are we ready for kids? Will we ever be ready? Or should we just go for it? If a lot of us who are married kept saying, "I'm not ready yet. I still have a lot more to do," I feel like we would never have kids!
My advice to my friend regarding her dog was to "just go for it if you really love a dog you see." Do I take my own advice?
What would your advice be to your friends if they asked whether or not they should have kids?