I've been retired from the practice of law for many years now. When I retired, I felt grateful that I had enjoyed practicing law for so long, but after retirement my life became quite involved with children and I find that practicing children is much more fun and rewarding than practicing law. My mantra is [QUOTE]children are God's way of bringing down a bit of heaven into the midst of our earthliness[/QUOTE], not as a religious testament but rather as a poetic sentiment. Of course, even the love of children can cause problems. For example, it caused me to marry my best friend's wife when he died of cancer leaving a widow and nine children to be cared for. Though we were together twenty years, it was not a marriage made in heaven. One of the most rewarding periods of my life was when I was blessed to have three young boys whose migrant farmworker parents could not care for live with me for a little over four years. What has most amazed me about giving of oneself, whether to children, to the homeless, the elderly, the dying, is the great joy is brings to me. I am embarrassed when someone says "how nice of you". How selfish of you would be more accurate. While I have to have kindergarten and first graders in my life more than I have to have the medicines the doctors prescribe for my ailing heart, it is my two granddaughters who most bless my days and nights with excitement and pleasure.