Picture this: Mates for life

I'm fortunate to have dozens of mourning doves consider my yard home.

Mourning doves

Call me boring, but mourning doves are one of my favorite birds. I admire that they not only mate for life, the female and male share the parenting duties equally.

Not sure what's so mournful about that — especially as neither Mom or Dad has to ever change a diaper as part of their parenting duties.

Today's question:

What was (or is) your most dreaded — mournful! — duty as a parent?