One challenge and glory of the care giving life is that it’s mostly on-the-job training. You’re always learning as you go, making stuff up, doing trial and (lots of) error.

You can never read enough or attend enough seminars to get ahead of the game. You’re always an amateur.

Ah, but in case you forgot, Merriam-Webster reminds us that amateur has a most excellent root:

Origin of AMATEUR
French, from Latin amator lover, from amare to love

You blunder through care giving because you love someone who needs your care.

Care giving love is like teenage love, minus the sex. You look way stupid, you have setbacks that feel like the end of the world, and you keep throwing yourself back into the effort.

Because at the end of the day, care giving is an act of love.

Sing it, Dean-O…

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