Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
I know, you’re probably all sick of my Broadway talk after my post from yesterday, but I just have to talk about something else Broadway related…
When I was a junior in high school, my mom and I, along with our best friends (mother and son), went to go see Wicked on Broadway. It was an incredible experience, and to this day, it is one of my favorite shows (alongside Cinderella… we’ll have to see how Aladdin ranks when I see that!).
Well a few years ago, I can’t remember exactly which year it was, I saw a contest online to win tickets for you and your mom to go see Wicked. It was a Mother’s Day contest, and you had to write about why your mom was so amazing in order to win. So I entered. I loved Wicked, and certainly wouldn’t mind going to see it again. I knew how incredible my mom was, and I figured, even if I didn’t win, at least maybe other people would get to read about my amazing mom.
I wrote all about how great my mom is, especially with the foster care, adopting my siblings, and overcoming the obstacles that arise with having special needs children. Out of hundreds of entries, mine was the winner. I was completely shocked when I got the email saying that I had won. I hadn’t even told my mom about entering, but when I got the email, I went ahead and told her all about it. I thought it was a joke, that there was no way I had actually won tickets for us, but it seemed to be real.
We picked the date that we wanted to go to the show, and we were told that the tickets would be at the box office in theater under my name. When we got there, I did indeed find tickets waiting for us. We were seated in Row O, but I thought it was a trick… I still didn’t believe that it was real, and thought it said Row zero…. But when we were let in, and we found our seats, I was overjoyed. As the show began, and we sat right in the middle (the best seats we’ve ever had at a show), I actually cried tears of joy. I couldn’t believe that people had agreed with me about how wonderful my mom was, and actually gave us the incredible tickets. It was a day to remember.
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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.