Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Just when I think nothing interesting ever happens in my life, something completely out of the ordinary happens once again.
My brother came home from school today and told my mom that something weird had happened at school. Boy, was I glad I was in the room for this conversation, because I don’t think I would have believed it if I didn’t hear it for myself. My brother said that a girl had come up to him at school and asked if he was a certain person. Well it was him alright, and she said that she was his sister.
My little brother was the youngest of four kids, and they were all separated in the foster care system unfortunately. Luckily for us though, we got my little brother, and the rest was history. We were able to keep in touch with the other kids for a while, and my mom even tried to get his sister placed with us (we didn’t have enough room for his brothers), but for whatever reason, we weren’t able to take her in. We haven’t heard from them in forever. Until today.
This girl, who is two years older than my brother, apparently goes to the same school as he does. My brother said that they’ve been in study hall together since the beginning of the year, but he had no idea that it was her. I guess she either just realized who my brother was, or maybe she just finally got up the nerve to go talk to him. I don’t know. But boy, was my brother surprised. My mom kept asking him how he felt about it, trying to figure out if he was happy or didn’t want anything to do with her, but he just kept saying how surprised he was. I think in the end, he said that it was a good thing though, and my mom told him that she’d be happy to set up a “play date” for them if my brother got her phone number next week.
I don’t know what to think. I mean, this is so weird, and it’s never happened to us before. The girl told my brother that she was adopted now too. If that’s true, and I really hope that she wasn’t just saying that out of embarrassment, I’m really happy for her. I felt so bad for those other kids, because they all went through so much when they were little. I wanted them all to find homes and be as happy as my brother and our family were lucky enough to be.
I guess we’ll see what happens next week… If this “play date” is set up, I’m definitely getting myself involved. I want to know what’s been going on in her life, and see for myself that she’s doing well. Plus, I’m just super nosey!!
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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.