It took a while, but recently my wife and I stopped by one of the local pet stores where Adopt An Angel hosts adoption fairs.
Sometimes it's sad to see so many cats and dogs hoping to find forever homes, and it took everything I had to walk away empty-handed. We visited every cage, every pen, and I took a few out of their cages to pet and hold.
So many purrs and meows, so many sad little sets of eyes. And then there are the few who simply could not be bothered with visitors, oblivious to the kissy sounds and whistles, lounging, droopy-eyed in their apparently comfortable litter boxes.
I'm about to fly up north to visit family and see my first granddaughter for only the second time. She's expecting a sibling in August (my fourth grandchild!), and I can't wait to see everyone.
Originally we told ourselves we'd wait for a while before even thinking about another pet. This trip, some questions about my work, and several other events, some of which have come and gone would determine if and when.
With so much tentativeness I'm now working up the nerve to suggest we consider fostering, but that conversation might not happen just yet. We'll see.