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One of the most important people in my life was my grandpa. He died when I was five years old, but his influence still guides me to this day. He was an incredible man, who absolutely lived each day to the fullest. My mom often says that my cousins and I were his pride and joy.
My grandpa knew my very first foster brother and sister. He loved them just as much as he loved his biological children. But he never got to know any of my other siblings. I look around me every day and I think how proud my grandpa would have been of all of my siblings; he would have been the loudest person in the crowd cheering at each adoption, and he would have been at our house as quickly as he found out that we got a new arrival.
It really saddens me that my siblings never got to know my grandpa. Because he’s our grandpa, and no one else has memories of time with him except for me. I have no doubt that my grandpa looks down on us and smiles over the little things that my siblings do each day that would make him proud, but it isn’t the same as having him here to reach out and hug everyone.
Whether you are part of a foster family or not, have you ever experienced this kind of loss? Where you have memories that your siblings cannot share in? If you’d like to share a story, do so in the comments. It would be nice to connect with someone in this way.
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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.