Between running this publication and my personal life, I am always busy. We all try to find a balance among the many roles we play, and it is a challenge for everyone, myself included.
This past year my husband and I were consumed with our son’s sports, which makes both of so happy. We were busy in the spring, summer and fall with travel baseball—and speaking of which, the team made it to the championship game. So exciting!
Then this past winter our son made the school modified basketball team and also played CYO basketball. Now it’s baseball time again, and not only is our son on another travel baseball team, but he also made the JV baseball team. (Yes, JV, and he is only 12.) Super proud Mamma and Dad!
We also became foster parents for a BluePath Service Dog named Duke. BluePath trains dogs for children with autism (see the December 2018 issue of OHV for our article on this wonderful organization). He is a big mush, and I’m loving every minute of his time with us.
After I filled out the application form, we were visited by a BluePath representative with a BluePath dog, who happened to be Duke. Duke and I had an instant connection, which was great.
The biggest question that we have been getting from everyone is, “Won’t it be hard to give him up?” That is a good question; however, the joy of seeing the happiness Duke will bring to the child he has been training for will make it worth it.
I’m not saying it will not be hard or there will not be tears. I can’t speak for my son or my husband; I can only speak for myself. I made the choice to foster this dog knowing he would help a child in need.
With so much darkness in the world, we all need to find a way to spread light and love. BluePath Service Dogs, Duke, myself, and Organic Hudson Valley are all doing our part in spreading that light and love.
This is just another way of sustaining roots locally in the Hudson Valley.