I recently wrote that my daughter’s world was very small, self-focused.

But I have to tell you that every once in a while she displays tremendous compassion for someone. And it just amazes me.

It may be someone crying, worried about a pet at the vet’s office. It may be someone walking at the side of the road, struggling to carry their groceries home. Most recently, it was a resident at her facility – her friend, who had returned home, but was back at the facility through no fault of her own.

My daughter was so worried about her friend, she asked me to adopt her. I told my daughter that I was too old for that, but since they are both from this county, they can remain friends and keep in touch after graduation. That satisfied her for now, but I am sure she will bring it up again.

It makes me happy to see her think about someone else.

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