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Celebrating the flag for this Flag Day just wasn't the same today, as flags all over flew at half staff to mourn the loss of the Orlando victims.
Today was the first time that I went to work since the shooting, and throughout my entire commute I could see nothing but billboards saying "Orlando Strong." After every few songs, the radio played a message that said how they were supporting the victims, families, friends, and first responders. And the Orlando Eye lit up in red, white, and blue or rainbow colors as it changed throughout the night. No matter where you went, you were reminded of the tragic events.
Even during break at work, the news was on in the break room, and two of the victims were being interviewed in the hospital. It was kind of hard to go from watching this insane description of the horror these two people experienced, and then go back into work where I had to be all smiley and happy. But I was glad to have work as a distraction from all of the terrible news that we've been watching over the past few days.
Work was definitely a great distraction, since there was a whole lot going on today. One of the best parts of the day was when I finally, after six months on the job, got to sign with some Guests. It was really cool! I interpreted when they were checking in for their reservation, and then again when they were giving their order... It was really nice to interact like that, and they were really patient with me when I got stuck on a sign or two. It was a great experience for me. I did get a little bit nervous, but it went really well. I'm looking forward to the next time I get to sign with Guests, and I'll be much more prepared next time.
I also got to think about two very important people in my family today, because even though they're no longer with us, I always remember their birthdays. My grandmother and my neighbor, who was more of a grandfather to me than just a friendly neighbor, both shared a Flag Day birthday. I wish that I had been able to meet my grandmother, and that I would've had more time with my neighbor, but I'm so thankful for the pictures, stories, and memories that I do have.
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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.