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It's hard to believe that the first week of school is almost over, but here we are on Thursday night with only one more school day until the weekend. Somehow, it seems like this week just flew by... then again, I did sleep in a lot the past three days.
I also made dinner for my family tonight, which is a pretty rare occurrence. I do have to say though, that while I definitely enjoy baking a lot more than cooking, I enjoyed spending time in the kitchen making sure everything was ready for the family to sit down. My sister wanted to help out, so while I was cooking pierogies and steaks on the stove, she was cutting cucumbers and tomatoes and getting a salad ready. It was fun to prepare dinner together because we worked together as a team and accomplished something pretty tasty. I definitely need to work on my steak-cooking skills, but I think the meal was enjoyable overall. The only bummer was that I didn't start early enough, so by the end of the meal we all had to rush to finish before people showed up for my sign language class... whoops! At least I now know for the future how long it takes to cook steak.
I feel like family dinners are such an important part of the day. Whether I'm slightly overcooking steaks, my mom's whipping up a beautiful roast, my dad's grilling dogs and burgers, or even when we're getting our weekly Chinese food, the important part is that we're all sitting down together after a long day to spend time together and hear stories of what everyone did at school, work, or play. That's one of the things that I love about when we have foster children come to live with us, that we can introduce them to family dinners. I know that a lot of people don't have family dinners, especially kids who are being put into foster care. When we're able to sit down to dinner and give these children the attention that they deserve as we're eating a meal together, it makes a world of difference to them to know that they're heard and that they're part of a family. And while you always know that there's a chance that these kids won't have family dinners when they go back to their biological families, you can hope that you've shown them a wonderful tradition that they might carry on when they're grown with their own children. You want to give foster kids something good to carry on in life, instead of leaving them in the cycle of abuse. Family dinners are just a small way that you can impact a foster child's life for the better.
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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.