A Lesson in True Parental Sacrifice

YOU THOUGHT you were noble because you gave up a Sunday afternoon to watch your kid play soccer?

You’re a piker.

Noble parenting is deciding to adopt not one, not two, but three kids.

Who are a pair of 15-year-old twins and a 12-year-old.

And live in Uganda.

And whom you’ve never met.

UgandaAs my friend told it, his wife was at an adoption conference and heard the story of three kids living in a hut in Africa. She was the only one of the 500 attendees to approach the speaker afterward, he said. When she came home from the conference, she said they needed to talk.

They talked. And they prayed. And they decided to open their hearts and their home.

He recounted this story at a beef and beer they held Sunday to raise money for the adoption. They anticipate needing $35,000 to $40,000 just to get the kids here, and that’s before clothes, books, music, and food. Oh, and COLLEGE, which is, for the 15-year-olds, a few frighteningly short years away.

My friends and their son will fly to Uganda in February to meet their new children and bring them back home. Me, I’m gonna try to stop bitching when R. and Q. want to play Sorry! and I want to watch a ballgame. “Who goes first?” I’ll ask them. | DL

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