Thursday afternoon, when I was in the Arlington County VA public library (where “It’s Free”), I noticed some pamphlets or leaflets encouraging ordinary citizens to adopt children and/or become foster parents. The publications seemed to welcome singles and same-sex couples.
The tone of the pleas is that it is almost a moral responsibility to consider doing it if one is able. But one could make similar arguments about personally welcoming political refugees.
Is age 72 too old? I know of a man who recently married in the 60s and is helping raise the wife’s grandchild, possibly to become a baseball player.
My own take right now is that I could consider this if my writing and journalism paid its own way, and earned enough to support a family. Yes, at some point I am interested in working with “establishment” media outlets (although that discussion belongs on another blog). When my mother was alive, I was sometimes approached by people who thought I should give up my own voice, and make a real living pimping other people’s messages (even if that meant door-to-door). No, that is not on the table.