Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Well, I'm pretty exhausted... it's been a long day around here, and not just for me! The whole state of Florida is preparing for Hurricane Irma, and it hasn't been easy.
Let me start by saying that I was lucky to be home to help today. I was supposed to be working nine out of a ten day period. On days that I work, I'm not really able to accomplish anything at home because my shifts are so long. Today though, I had a little bit of luck and got an extra day off.
I was scheduled to train someone new at work today, but when we checked the schedule yesterday, we discovered that there were no trainees scheduled to work with me! I was given the option of working a regular shift (since the managers didn't want to take hours away from me) or taking the day off if I so chose. Since I knew there was a lot to do at home, I chose to take the day off so I would be able to help my mom.
With everyone else at work or at school, it was up to my mom and I to get sand bags today. We thought it would just take an hour or so to drive over, fill the bags, and come home. Boy, were we wrong! We sat in the car, on the road, waiting to pull into the lot where the sand was being kept for more than an hour. It was crazy! Everyone in town was waiting to fill their sand bags as well, and it took forever. We actually thought that we weren't going to make it back in time to pick up my sisters from school because it started getting so late.
Luckily, we ended up having just enough time to fill the bags and make it back home. Boy, filling those bags took a lot out of us though! Who knew that sand bags could be so heavy? My mom's back hurt from shoveling the sand. My legs hurt from squatting to hold the bags open. We were a mess. But luckily, there was a kind man there who helped us fill our bags much more quickly than we could have on our own, and he even helped us load the car.
Now we play the waiting game. The hurricane is expected to hit over the weekend, so no one knows exactly what's going to happen yet. We've gone through two hurricanes in New York, and the hurricane down here in Florida last year, so at least we have some experience. I just hate that we have to deal with this at all.
I have to head back to work again for two more days, but then I'll be home with my family when the hurricane does hit. Thank goodness that I'll be with everyone at least.
Good luck to anyone else riding out the storm down here!
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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.