Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
The past week has been absolutely insane. My family has been facing a whirlwind of difficulties, and there's been a lot going on at work, but it's all going to be alright.
First of all, my dad was hospitalized on Monday. He was there all day and eventually diagnosed with diabetes. There have been many changes around the house since he came home Monday night, like his blood sugar levels needing to be checked every couple of hours, and new meal schedules... My mom has really stepped up to the plate with that whole "in sickness and in health" part of the wedding vow. She's been caring for him around the clock as they try to regulate his levels, and tracking everything he eats and whatnot; she's amazing.
It was pretty scary to have my dad hospitalized like that, and we're definitely not out of the woods yet, but this is something that he (and the rest of the family) can learn to live with. Thank goodness that it wasn't something even more serious. This is just another one of those speed bumps that life likes to throw at us, and we'll get through this the same way we get through everything else.
At work, I finished my training for a new position. I won't be on this position very often, but I'm excited to be trained on it and I'm ready to jump in whenever necessary. Yesterday, our whole team found out about a lot of changes coming our way, so there's going to be a lot to get used to coming up over the next week or so. It's never fun to have so much change, but we'll get through this. And then I went from being the trainee yesterday to the trainer today for someone new. I always enjoy training someone and getting to know them, so it was fun.
On top of that, I had some special moments at work today that made me feel much better in a pretty stressful week. First, one of my fellow Cast Members, the friend with whom I've gone to the Parks, came in as a Guest with her parents. I got to meet her parents for the first time and had the opportunity to speak with them for a while... It was really cool to know some Guests coming into our location, because other Cast Members often have friends come in to say hello and I don't know anyone down here. So even though everyone knows this Cast Member because she works with us, I felt special because we're friends outside of work and she specifically pulled me aside to introduce me to her parents and to take a picture with me.
The other special thing that happened at work today was a Magical Moment. For those who don't know, a Magical Moment is when a Cast Member is able to do something unexpected and extra special for a particular Guest to make their vacation more enjoyable. Now, I don't know if I'm allowed to post what I did, but I will say that this was my very first time creating a Magical Moment, and it was well worth it. The joy that I saw on a little girl's face, as well as on her mother's face, truly made my whole day. This was just a small Moment, but I knew that it made a big impression on this family. I was so excited that I was able to spread some extra pixie dust and make their day a little brighter.
I'm ending the night feeling very lucky to work in a place that allows me to spread smiles and joy like this. We may go through a lot as Cast Members, but no matter how difficult a day may be, or how tired we may become, these little moments make everything worth it. I couldn't be prouder to be a Cast Member.
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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.