Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Today, some of our cousins came over for the first time since we've moved here to Florida.
It was so nice to see my mom's cousin and his two daughters. They were here for most of the afternoon, and it was great to catch up with them. We got to show them our new house and talk about New York and the family... we were so glad that they had time to come by while here in Florida for the week.
My cousins are going into freshman and junior year of high school, which means that they're nine and seven years younger than I am. It's so weird because I can remember getting together at family reunions and whatnot when we were all just kids, and it seemed like there was this gigantic age gap between us. Now, they're grown people with hobbies and goals and lives; we could have actual conversations and not just play around like we did when we were little.
The only thing that really made me feel that age gap was talking to them about school. I think that this was the first time that I've talked to people about school since I've been out of college, aside from friends who were a year behind me in school. I mean, throughout the year I would check in with my friends to see how their senior year was going, and ask about certain classes or how difficult the work load was. But this was different. This was talking about high school, which seemed like a whole world behind me. It kind of made me feel weird, like I was the adult asking the kids about school. It was a new position to be in.
Seeing our cousins today made me miss New York and the rest of our family. The good news is that we should be seeing our other cousins soon though, the ones who we've been seeing monthly since moving here. We're due for a July visit, so hopefully we'll be planning a get-together soon. On top of that, my mom's cousin was talking about trying to get a family reunion together at some point, so we're hoping it will work out eventually and we'll be able to see everyone. Of course, it would be awesome if we could get everyone to come down to Florida for a vacation and have the reunion down here, but we'll have to just wait and see what happens. It's been forever since we've had an actual family reunion... we seem to always just see everyone at a funeral, which is a really horrible way to get together. I know that there's over a hundred of us all, but it would still be great to have as many of us together as we could. Hey, maybe I found a new project to work on! I'm sure organizing a family reunion would be a great way to spend my free time, and with my love of writing, maybe I could craft some kind of invitation that would make a trip to Florida sound like a great way to spend time and money! You just never know... In the meantime, I'll settle for having people come to visit us on an individual basis when they come down to Florida. It's a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
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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.