A few days ago, it was my sister’s birthday. Well, the first year that she lived with us, we didn’t celebrate her birthday that day. We were given the wrong information from DSS, and we celebrated her birthday a few days later than we should have.
If you think about it, getting information about a foster child is kind of like a grown-up game of Telephone. You know, where the story is correct at the beginning, but by the time the last person hears it, everything has changed? Instead of starting with something silly like, "The purple panda is petting the pony," and ending up with, "The pink palm is holding a penny," or something, our version of the game started with the correct birth date and ended with an incorrect one.
My sister turned three on the birthday that we messed up, so it’s not like it has left a large impact on her. We joke about the mix-up now that she’s older, and it has become a funny memory for all of us. But it does make me realize that there could be information that we are given incorrectly at any time, so it’s always good to have facts double-checked.
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