Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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So this morning, I was woken up to my mom yelling to me to pick up the phone. I was completely asleep and had no idea what was going on, and I was jolted awake out of no where. Why was my mom yelling to me, you ask? Well, Disney was calling.
Alright, first of all, I would just like to say how incredibly cool it is to see "Disney" on the caller ID when someone from work is calling me. It's pretty awesome. But at 8:45 on a Saturday morning, when I've just been woken up and can't even get myself to an upright position yet, it's kind of hard to be excited. Still, when my eyes focused and I could figure out where the phone actually was, I answered and was asked if I could come in today because they were short-staffed. Since I didn't have anything else going on today, I agreed and proceeded to get up and get ready for the day.
Now here's the thing: I've never worked at Disney on the weekend before. My usual work days are during the week, so I had no idea how it was going to go once I got there. I mean, my family has been to Disney on the weekend as Guests, but who's really paying attention to crowd levels on the weekend versus the week days when you're on vacation? You just see lots of people and you're happy to be at Disney. So once I was awake enough to realize what day of the week it was, I was slightly scared that it was going to be absolutely out of control on a Saturday.
I worked for over nine hours today, a little less time than I usually work on my scheduled days, and I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it. I actually got to my car and had to sit there for a few minutes just to snap myself out of it before I could drive home. But it wasn't because of crazy crowds; in fact, it was a little less busy today than it was on the days I worked during this past week. No, I think I was just tired because I hadn't been planning on going in today (so I wasn't mentally prepared for a long shift) and because I was assigned to part of the job that required almost completely constant movement throughout the entire day.
It was kind of weird being at work on a Saturday because I knew that my siblings were all home, but since we didn't have big plans this weekend anyway, it wasn't a big deal. And I'm sure that the crying and screaming that I heard from a few overly tired kids during the day more than made up for whatever whining occurred when it was time to clean up before bed at home. Although I do have to say that a Mickey sticker that I gave a child who had fallen and was crying totally made her feel better... sometimes I wish I could do something that easy to make that kind of nonsense stop at home too! But I get to hug my siblings at home when they're not in the best mood, so that's much better.
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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.