Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Tonight's post is inspired by the series finale of one of my favorite television shows, Glee, which just went off air about an hour ago, so stop reading if you haven't had the chance to watch the finale yet... come back after you reminisce with the New Directions.
The show was on for six years, premiering its pilot episode back in May 2009. For its finale, the show tugged at the heartstrings of "Gleeks" everywhere by showing the progression of how far the characters have come since that first episode (and flashing back to the amazing "Don't Stop Believin'" musical number from the pilot featuring the late Cory Monteith -- cue the tears here). Glee's look back at six years ago made me think about how much has changed in my own life since that time, and I realized just how much can happen in six seemingly short years.
Six years ago, my life was completely different. When the pilot episode of Glee aired, I was at the end of my sophomore year of high school. My brother was finishing eighth grade, my sister was in fourth, and my little brother was in kindergarten. My littlest sisters weren't even born yet... they were still in the womb, and it was nine months before they would come to live with us. It's funny, because at that point, we didn't even know that they were going to exist in the world. It's not like when your mom is pregnant and you're just waiting for your baby brother or sister to be born; we literally had no idea that nine months later we would be taking in infant twin girls right out of the hospital.
Back in May 2009, I was still six months away from my sixteenth birthday. I couldn't drive, I had three best friends who I thought I'd be friends with for life (I only talk to one of them still, and I know that we're always going to be there for each other), and I had an after school job at the local library. My best friend (who I still talk to) and I had just finished our runs as parfaits in the school's production of Beauty and the Beast two months earlier, and my newest best friend and I were about to perform a Mamma Mia number in the school's cabaret night after seeing the show on Broadway the month before. Singing, school, and weekly sleepovers took up my whole life.
I had no idea that I wanted to be an author yet, though looking through old school papers (as I mentioned the other day) makes me wonder why this wasn't my goal since elementary school. I think I had only had fifteen siblings at that point in my life, and we thought our permanent number was going to be a family of six. I had thoughts of going to the local community college when the time came, and never would have dreamed that I would live away from home ever, or that I would meet two fantastic girls at college who I would become amazingly close with. I had no plans to minor in Deaf Studies yet, and I thought that I was on track to major in teaching with a Spanish concentration. I couldn't have even imagined that I would have started my own business, or this blog, My life was completely different.
It's the end of an era with the series finale of Glee, and I realize that while the show has left a mark on so much of my life, the rest of my world has also changed drastically in the time that the show was on the air. What was your life like back in May 2009? Were you doing foster care already? Were you a kid, teenager, or grown adult already? Did you have any idea that your life would end up the way it is today? Share your story in the comments below!
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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.