Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you've all enjoyed a wonderful day of costumes and candy!
Our Halloween didn't go quite as planned, but it still turned out well for the kids. As it turns out, Halloween is celebrated differently here in Florida than it was in New York. Back in New York, we would always go trick-or-treating by 4:00pm if Halloween fell on a school day, but if it fell on a Saturday (like this year), then we would have been out by 2:00 or 3:00 instead. Apparently down here though, people don't go out until the sun starts going down at night. We spent the whole day sitting around waiting to see when people would be out on the street, and it felt like we wasted so much time.
I guess the good part about having our first Floridian Halloween come to an end is that we'll be more prepared for next year now. Maybe next year, since we know that people don't do anything during the day, we can make other plans and have fun in order to keep the kids busy until it's time for trick-or-treating at night. It just seemed like the kids were begging to go out for so many hours today, and it was sad to see them sitting around bored instead of out having fun.
Due to all of the confusion with figuring out when to go out, I ended up not trick-or-treating at all. My dad took the kids out and I stayed home with my mom. I'm pretty sure it was the first time ever that the two of us didn't walk around (except for one year when I had a night class on Halloween). I was pretty bummed out; sitting in my room with the dogs wasn't exactly part of my Halloween plan. But when the kids got home with huge smiles on their faces, and bags full of candy, it made me feel a little better at least. I was definitely still wishing I was back in my hometown, but the giggles and excitement from my siblings put me in a little bit of a better mood. Plus, it really helped that I got some candy from my sisters' bags since they couldn't have all of the dairy stuff.
So as it turned out, I didn't need to figure out a costume, and I'm really glad now that I didn't spend money on buying a new one. Although we did see that most of the parents dress up down here, which was actually pretty rare back in New York. So maybe now that we know what's going on, we'll all have more fun next year. My parents and I can make sure we have something to dress up in, and we'll plan on doing something fun during the day while we wait for night to fall. Hopefully things will only get better from here!
I hope that everyone else really did have a wonderful Halloween, whether or not you went out with little kids. I'm off to sneak in some more candy before bed.... don't forget that the clocks turn back an hour tonight, so here's to hoping that all little kids stay in bed in the morning (especially my little sisters!!).
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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.