Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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After waiting more than half of my life for a sequel to Disney - Pixar's "Finding Nemo," my family went today to see the new movie, "Finding Dory!"
For someone who loves Disney as much as I do, this movie had a lot to live up to for many reasons. The original movie was absolutely amazing. It was filled with humor, heart, and left a lasting impression. To this day, I can recite parts of the movie along with it, the same jokes make me laugh, and I always cry at the same touching moments. All of that, combined with the fact that this sequel was coming out thirteen years later (quite the wait time), and kids of my generation were both excited and nervous because we hoped the film wouldn't let us down.
I have no idea why we were so worried.
"Finding Dory" was incredible. Not only did we get to see the lovable characters who we came to know in the first movie, but we were introduced to some wonderful new characters filled with that same humor and heart that drew us into "Finding Nemo." From Hank the Septopus, to Bailey the Beluga, and all of the minor characters in between, "Finding Dory" went above and beyond in giving the audience new faces with whom to fall in love. And of course, we get to see some of our friends from the first movie along the adventure.
Alright, so I have to be honest... I cried. A lot. No, I think saying that I leaked a lot is a better way of putting it. Here's the thing: I was already crying before the movie even started. You know the short that plays before Disney - Pixar movies? Yeah, of course that was good too, but I was already tearing up during that just because I was so excited for the actual movie to begin. Then came the opening scenes, and my IMAX glasses started to slip because they were getting so wet. Then throughout the rest of the movie, I was either so touched that I was crying, or laughing so much that I was crying, and it was like someone had left the faucet running in my eyes; no matter what I did, I couldn't stop the tears from leaking out! It was so obnoxious, but I guess that's the nice thing about being in a dark movie theater; you don't have to worry about being judged!
I think that "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory" both have the same family values at the core of the movies. Everyone can relate to the characters, the sense of wanting to be loved, and the family bonds that are shown. I especially love movies like these where you realize that even though you're not biologically related, you can still be family. It reminds me of the way that my brothers and sisters and I have grown up. You may come from different backgrounds, have different appearances, speak different languages (I mean, it's not too hard to learn to speak Whale, right?)... it doesn't matter when you're family, because you support each other and are there for one another through the good times and the bad.
For anyone who is planning on seeing this new movie, here's a bit of advice. Stay in your seats until after the credits are over. There's a scene that comes on after the credits finish rolling, and I promise that you won't want to miss it.
"Finding Dory" surpassed my expectations, and I'm sure that it will be a movie that my whole family will continue to watch and love for years to come. Watch "Finding Nemo" once more, and then head out to theaters for this new adventure with Dory, Marlin, and Nemo. You'll love it!
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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.