How do you introduce yourself to people? I don't mean the initial "Hi, nice to meet you." I mean the part that comes after that, where you tell someone about yourself. Do you say how old you are? Do you say if you're married or if you have kids? Do you say how many siblings you have?
Back in New York, I didn't find myself meeting new people all of the time. I met a few new friends in college, but for most of my life I knew a lot of the same people. I've had my friends for so long that I don't remember really meeting them for the first time. But now I'm in Florida, where I don't know anyone, and I'll have to introduce myself a lot. No one knows my story, and no one knows that my siblings are all adopted.
I mentioned the other day that I had plans to begin teaching ASL Well I started advertising and I was really happy with the response I received. My classes begin this month! I had a lot of questions from people throughout the day, and one person in particular was asking me about what age is good to first start teaching kids. She wanted to know if it was helpful for kids to learn ASL before they can speak. I started telling her about how my mom taught all of us at a young age, and I began to write about how my little brother used sign language for quite a while before he spoke. But in the middle of writing, I realized that I had to shorten the story dramatically and not get into a lot of detail, because this woman doesn't know that my brother came to live with us when he was two. She doesn't know that he was placed with us because C.P.S. thought he was deaf. This woman doesn't know anything about the fact that we do foster care. It was really weird to not get into the whole story.
So what do I say to people when I meet them? I have five siblings? I've had nineteen siblings? Get into the whole story? Sometimes the littlest parts of life become a whole lot bigger when you're part of a foster family. I guess only time will tell how I handle this situation!
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