What Are We Doing to Keep the Wolf from the Door?

Until lately, I didn’t worry about the majestic mammals found in wolf sanctuaries, national parks and the wild.

What did it matter if these carnivorous mammals huffed and puffed to blow the house down or pretended to be Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother? These were just fairy tales. Not anymore. Nowadays, wolves are among the many wild animals wandering our deserted streets as we shelter at home. Yesterday, in fact, my stepmother told me about a pack of wolves that chased the critters living under her front porch in a Washington, D.C. suburb.

Worldwide images of wildlife roaming our cities to hunt for scraps of food seem to mirror our own human survival instincts. Right now, all of us want to keep the proverbial wolf from the door. Some of us are finding ourselves in more fragile situations than others.

As a glass-half-full person, I prefer to look for the good in the world. These days, I am inspired by the giving spirit of our neighbors and communities. This selfless act goes beyond monetary donations and includes a willingness to share our humanity with others. This ability to repair the world is what sets the human race apart from the wild animal kingdom.

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