The weaning process

Our family noticed that our dog, Maggie, was jumping on a chair or table to get away from her small pups. She was weaning them, and we cooperated by putting down food for them. But the pups wanted to stay with what was familiar. Being a good mother, Maggie persisted. She knew weaning was necessary and would give them and her independence.

It isn't always easy to change from something that has become familiar and comforting. Sometimes it isn't even easy to turn away from something that hasn't been all that great, because it means going from the known to the unknown. One needn't be discouraged if, like the pups, he finds himself resisting. But, you know, the pups didn't even see the new food until they no longer could depend on the old.

You, man beloved
June 18, 1979

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