Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Throughout all of my daily posts, I have touched on many different subjects. Yet the core of my blog has, I believe, always remained family.
Family is exactly what I'd like to discuss tonight. Every family has their ups and downs, and my family has certainly gone through our fair share of both in the past year. Exactly one year ago today, my brother walked out of his bedroom, out our front door, and out of our lives. I didn't know how long he would be gone, nor did I know if he would ever be coming back.
Here we are, a year later, and I haven't heard my brother's voice or seen him in 365 days. But I've spoken to him online and have been able to start building a new relationship with him. And I've slowly realized that while I may still believe that he went about it the wrong way (something that we're choosing to just move past rather than dwell on), all families need to learn to cope with the heartache of children growing up and siblings moving out. Every family goes through this period of time where children become adults and learn to lead their own lives, whether they move down the road or across the country.
For many months after my brother moved out, I questioned everything in life. I questioned all relationships, everything I knew about anyone... nothing made sense anymore. Now I look back on the past year and I realize how strong everything has made me. I realize how much I've grown, and how much my whole family has grown. I wouldn't want to re-live our lives a year ago, but I can appreciate all that we've gone through now.
I'm happy to be able to talk to my brother online, and be able to share details of our lives with each other. I look forward to continuing to have some kind of relationship with him and seeing where the future takes us. I can't believe that an entire year has passed since we last saw each other, but I think that we're in a much better place this year than we were and I'm thankful for that. I'm very happy for my brother that his life is going so well, because even in the midst of everything last year, I only wanted the best for him. I know that he feels the same way about me.
I hope that all families can reflect on the changes that they've gone through over the past year as we head into 2016 and be appreciative of the good and the bad that has shaped each of us into who we are today.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.