Seriously. Why can't we just be mean people for once?
Today Belle's previous owners called... again. It was our 3rd call from them since we adopted her 5 days ago. This time they were calling to ask us if we could find it in our hearts to give her back. Debbie has apparently been crying since she gave her up and realizes now that she should not have done so. They really wanted her back.
After much deliberation between ourselves and after talking to each of the kids we decided to give her back. We just couldn't deny that our 5 days worth of attachment was nothing compared to the 5 months worth of attachment that Debbie had. And Belle had a good home with Debbie.
None of us are particularly happy with the situation. We liked Belle. She fit our family. Sure, she had a lot to learn but she was doing fairly well here.
But we really wanted to be good role models for our kids. We wanted them to learn that we must think not only of ourselves and our feelings but the feelings of others as well. It was a hard lesson to learn. There were tears and frustration from us all, but we feel that we did the best we could possibly do given the situation.