I often recall watching the film Dead Poets Society when I am engaged in work on the foster care system. In that movie there is a teacher, John Keating played by Robin Williams, who becomes an important influence in the lives of the young men in his English poetry class.
When I was young, I loved to babysit and was sure I would have 4 or 5 children when I grew up. Life didn’t turn out that way – but I had good friends and a rewarding job and the fun life of a single working woman in DC. I had briefly flirted with the idea – in my mid-30s – of having a child on my own. But single motherhood seemed a huge time commitment and very daunting, so I put that idea aside.