Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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We had such a nice family outing today! Since we moved to Florida, we've been looking for ways to get involved in the community and have fun the way we would in New York. We used to go to fairs or festivals, carnivals, little events that our town and the surrounding towns would hold to get everyone together. We've been looking for things like that around our new town, but hadn't yet found anything that would interest our family. But today we were able to go out and enjoy ourselves for the afternoon and I was glad that we did.
Thanks to the magic of social media, my mom found out about something called "Be My Neighbor Day!" This was an event that was being held in another town that we hadn't yet ventured to, but that luckily wasn't too far for us to make the trip for the afternoon. This event caught my mom's attention because it featured Daniel Tiger. For those who don't know, "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood" is a show on PBS (and Netflix, as was the case when we first discovered it). It's a cartoon that centers around Daniel Tiger, a character who originated on a show that more people may be familiar with, "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."
Daniel Tiger was the very first cartoon that my little sisters ever loved when they first started watching television shows. The best part about it was that it wasn't a show that we all forced on them thinking that they'd like it. We kind of just stumbled upon it on Netflix one day and the girls loved it. With its catchy little tunes, friendly characters, and connection to Mister Rogers (because come on, who didn't love Mister Rogers?), the rest of the family fell in love with the show, and especially its main character, as well. I would just like to note though that my dad may be the fondest of Daniel Tiger, second only to the twins, but he's the man you want to love your cartoons with you... I still cherish the memories of watching "Rugrats" with him when I was little, but that's another story.
Anyway, as the girls have grown, their tastes have grown as well. They've discovered other shows that they've fallen in love with, each capturing their attention long enough for it to grow into an obsession, and then they've moved on to the next great hit. Just recently, however, we've been noticing that they've been watching "Daniel Tiger" more and more on their little tablets. So how better to celebrate their love for the huggable little tiger than to go to this day that was celebrating him and his values?
The whole family was in a good mood on our way out today, but the girls were definitely the most excited. They talked about Daniel Tiger nonstop, from his friends to his new baby sister and everything in between. Yes, I do know way too much about this show, thanks for noticing! So when we finally got to the park where this "Be My Neighbor Day!" was being held, we were all excited to see what they would have to offer.
The line to meet Daniel Tiger was extremely long, but surprisingly the girls were fantastic as we waited on the line. We had to have been on that line for an hour and a half at the very least, but they kept themselves entertained and had fun playing around us in the grass. The people running the festivities were great as well, because they passed out snacks to people waiting in line, and came around with activity sheets for the kids. All four of my siblings kept themselves busy with a scavenger hunt sheet that was passed out, and it was funny to see their competitive natures get toned down by their eagerness to help each other. Even after they had found all of the items on the checklist, the girls drew pictures on the back of the sheet of other things that they were finding. For example, they were thrilled when a tiny ladybug flew past us and landed on the sidewalk. I picked it up to give them a closer look, and they (of course) had to pet it. Once it flew away, they grabbed their pencils and drew beautiful ladybugs to remember our little friend.
As we moved up the line, there were tables with other activities for the kids to do as well. It's nice having a big family when you can split up; some of us would stay on the line while others took the girls to the activity booths. They had fun coloring and playing with other kids who were on the line near us as well. Plus, it was an absolutely gorgeous day out, so we loved being out in the sun. There's no way I would be getting any color in New York in February, but down here I'm already getting my first layer of color! Sure, that color may be red instead of tan, but it's better than pale white!
Of course, the day ended with pictures with Daniel Tiger. The girls were so excited to meet him, and they both even looked at the camera at the same time and smiled nicely. It made the day out well worth the long wait. It was definitely better than sitting around the house all day. I was so glad that my mom had found out about this event and that we could go. Even for the adults, who weren't getting anything out of this day, it was a great family day out.
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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.