Owning An Inappropriate Term

You would not speak of owning your children, even if you are responsible for their care and feeding and have many legal rights similar to the ownership of chattels. We need to find an appropriate word to use for the relationship of children and other animals in your stewardship. Owning is something you do to a stereo system. How about I steward my St. Bernard? For creatures with brains larger than humans’, we need something a little more humble, perhaps I serve or I see to the needs of Rosie the dolphin.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)