Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
I started with my new sign language students today, and it went extremely well!
As I mentioned yesterday, I was a little nervous going into this first class this morning. You just never know what's going to happen when meeting new students. Everyone seems excited about starting the classes when I'm talking with them ahead of time, but it's hard to tell how 'into it' they will be when the classes actually start. Sometimes the parents are excited, but the children don't really want to learn. Sometimes when they realize that signing isn't as easy to pick up as they thought it would be, adults get frustrated and get less excited.
Today, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the adults and children I met were all ready and willing to put in the hard work and effort it takes to learn the new language. An even better bonus was that the children picked up the letters really easily! I was so surprised, because the letters especially can be hard for little hands to form. I can already tell that this is going to be a great session and I'm looking forward to seeing what else they can pick up.
In addition to being excited and picking up the signs pretty easily, this new group of students happened to be friendly and welcoming, and I'm happy to be getting to know them. It's nice to have a few new people to talk to each week, even if it's just conversing during our lessons. It's amazing that I've been in Florida for over nine months and the only people I ever get to talk to are my fellow Cast Members at work. I miss seeing my friends. I miss, even with my anxiety, being forced into talking to classmates at college when working on projects. Sure, I only spoke about the project, and it was usually just after someone else had started the conversation, but at least I had some interaction....
I guess I just wish that I could move my friends down here too, and have exactly the same life I had in New York, just in the warm weather. I guess you just can't have everything though, can you?
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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.