Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Guess who was up and ready to go right on time this morning? That's right, I was actually completely ready to leave the house more than ten minutes before the time I told my mom I would be ready to go! I was quite impressed with myself, to be totally honest.
My mom and I accomplished quite a lot today, which was great because we were a little behind schedule on Easter prep. It was also nice to be able to go out just the two of us and not even need to worry about getting home in time to pick kids up from school. Instead, my siblings were home spending time with our dad, which meant that we could take our time while out and about.
What was really interesting about today was that my mom filled me in on some important information while we were out. And just a disclaimer here, remember that not all of my blog posts are suited for younger audiences... You see, we weren't really sure where my sister stood on certain issues surrounding the magic of Easter (and Christmas and whatnot). She may be seventeen, but her mental disability leaves her with the intellectual capacity of a child. My brother, who is twelve, has been slowly surpassing her on many levels for a few years now. So he decided to do some undercover work for my mom and talk to my sister about Easter. When he came straight out and tried to explain reality to my sister, she just informed him that he "wasn't a true believer" and that was the end of the conversation.
In a lot of ways, it's easy to forget that my sister has this disability. She doesn't look like she has a disability, she can help out with lots of things around the house, and she's really good when dealing with the twins. But then in so many ways, she's very different from typical kids her age. She can't drive, is in classes more suited toward her abilities at school, and still lives in a realm of childhood fantasy that most people unfortunately have to grow out of. The conversation that she had with my brother just proved this to us all.
I think it's really nice to be able to continue living in a sort of bubble where reality can't hurt you. At the same time, it can be difficult for everyone else when you have to remember to watch what you say concerning certain subjects. Still, it also means that I've never lost my place as Head Elf, Number 2 Bunny, or overall Holiday Helper, because we've never been able to pass down those jobs to anyone else. And of course, it's fun to see the extra overly-excited face on holiday mornings from someone who has no idea what's coming.
There are still a few days left until Easter, and plenty more to do, but first I have some miscellaneous errands to take care of with my dad tomorrow. So guess what that means? Yep, another early morning for this night owl. Wish me luck!
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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.