Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Today was a pretty good day all around. I feel like I use this blog to vent sometimes, but I need to record the good things that happen as well.
First of all, I ended the day at school by hearing what every teacher strives to hear from struggling students: I understand it. Those three simple words can turn any teacher's day around and remind them why they went into teaching to begin with. I've been working with this one student for so long now, trying to get him to focus and understand the material, and it finally clicked for him today. He concentrated throughout my entire math lesson and came up to me afterward to show me his work. He was so proud of himself, and I was overjoyed that he really understood the work. Sometimes it's easy to give up on the kids who are falling behind, but when you choose to push them, give them confidence in themselves, and show them all that they can be, you'll see that they do have it in them to shine brightly. They just need someone to believe in them, and I was so glad that I have never given up on this student because today was the breakthrough that I was waiting for. I'm sure we'll face more struggles in the next week and a half that I have left in this placement, but today showed me that he and I can do anything that we put our minds to.
The same goes for children in foster care. I've said it before, and I'll say it a million times more. If you give up on these children because they're "in the system" and "no one cares about them," then you have no business being a foster parent. You should be the one who won't give up on them, who teaches them that they can do anything and become anyone that they want to be. As the foster parent, or foster sibling, or the friend of a foster child in some way, you are the advocate that these foster children need so they know that they matter in this world.
On another note, I was pleasantly surprised to come home from school and find out that my littlest sister is somewhat able to hear! I don't even remember how long it's been since she first got the double ear infection and got so much fluid in her ears that she couldn't hear anymore. It's been constant signing and yelling directly into her ear, so it was great to have a conversation where she knew exactly what I was saying for once. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that her hearing only improves from here!
I hope your day was as good as mine was!
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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.