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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Have you ever asked kids about a topic that they know nothing about, just to see what their answers will be? Well over the past few days, my mom has taken to asking my little sisters random questions that have resulted in some pretty hilarious answers.
Let's start with yesterday. We were catching up on American Idol and noticed that a guy who had auditioned with a "man-bun" no longer sported the long hair. We were discussing the hair cut and the girls were playing nearby so my mom asked them what a "man-bun" was. Twin A wouldn't even venture a guess, but Twin B said it was when you find a man and you give him a bun. Okay, not quite right, but also not too hilarious. However, if you watched her explaining her definition, with the wild hand gestures and the "umms" and funny facial expressions, then it was worthwhile to ask the question in the first place.
Then my mom decided to ask (and I swear, I do not know where she comes up with this stuff) what okra was. We don't even eat okra, nor do I believe that I've ever even seen what it looks like, so my sisters definitely don't know anything about this vegetable. However, Twin B had an answer right away for my mom. She positioned herself on her knees next to my mom on the couch, looked at her, and in all seriousness said, "It's like this," and proceeded to move her fingers back and forth like she was the conductor of an orchestra! It was so cute! My mom then asked Twin A what okra was and after a moment of thinking, she answered, "A rock." She then gave my mom the sweetest smile, which was adorable.
Today, my mom came up with a few more serious questions, though Twin A was too busy playing with my brother to get in on the action. I had taped the Ellen show yesterday because I had heard that President Obama was going to be on. All politics aside, he seems like a really fun guy to me. I figured there wouldn't be much talk of politics anyway since he's on his way out of the White House, so I wanted to see what fun would be had with Ellen DeGeneres. Of course, as I suspected, there were laughs to be had and funny memories of the presidency to share, and I enjoyed watching the show.
Well Twin B was snuggling up with my mom as we were watching, and she asked my mom who was on the television. My mom told her that it was the president, and asked if my little sister knew anything about the president. Her answer? "He rules the whole New York and the whole America!" It was hilarious! So then my mom got herself on a roll, and started asking further questions about the president. I jumped in with a few of my own, because I just couldn't resist the sweet answers. The conversation is definitely worth sharing in detail, so I hope you enjoy... If only I could have captured the hilarious facial expressions and gestures that went along with each answer, it would have been so much funnier to retell.
Q: Does the president have a family?
A: No, because when he was just a little, tiny boy (hands showing the size of cup or so), he wanted to be the president, so he got bigger and he can rule America and he can't have a family when he's a president.
Q: So he's too busy? Can he have a family when he's done being president?
A: Yeah he can get married when he's done.
Q: Does the president have a dog?
A: No, he's a president so he can't have a dog. A dog can't be president! A dog can't talk or have human legs!
Q: What does the president do?
A: He talks a lot. And can he sign some papers?
Q: Where does the president live?
A: Umm, in a white house (I'm super impressed here, thinking she must have learned about the White House at school). And it has red curtains, and blue chairs, and a blue table, and a red rug, and red pillows.
Q: (Realizing that this has nothing to do with the White House) Oh, so it's red, white, and blue? What are those colors for?
A: For America, like the American flag! (I guess she does pay attention at school...she's one smart kid!)
I have a feeling that my mom isn't going to stop with the random questions, but it's kind of fun to hear the responses that my sisters come up with. If you're around young kids at all, come up with a few questions to ask them about topics that they don't know anything about... If you receive some funny responses, I'd love to hear them in the comments!
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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.