Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Today, my mom's uncle came to visit again, this time with his daughter. Since yesterday was his birthday, we were all excited to see him and make him feel special.
You can tell that my great-uncle doesn't like talking about his birthday now that he's older, but with all of us celebrating him, I think it made him feel good about it. After we all had dinner, we put a candle in his apple pie & ice cream, and we all sang "Happy Birthday," which seemed to bring a smile to his face. Well, the ice cream was what really put a smile on his face I think... the last time he came over, I forgot to buy the ice cream. "Who eats pie without ice cream?" was what he wanted to know!
My great-uncle is, as my mom said, like my grandpa in the fact that he enjoys just sitting and watching the kids play. My grandpa and his brothers and sister were such family-oriented people, and I think that's part of the reason why I am now part of such a large, loving family with over a hundred cousins of different generations. I remember all of the silly things that my grandpa used to do with me when I was little, just because he loved getting a laugh out of me. My great-uncle has always been that same way, which is why I've always loved visiting with him throughout the years after my grandpa passed away.
Now that he's older, my great-uncle isn't able to really jump in there and play with the kids anymore, but he does still enjoy having everyone around him. Whether it's his own grandchildren, his great-grandchildren, or his many great-nieces/-nephews, you can just see the way he lights up when he has family around him. Tonight, we all went out to sit on the lanai, where his daughter played a game of pool with my sister, and the twins played with a bubble machine, and while we all talked, he just sat there watching everyone enjoy each others' company.
I was glad that we were able to make such an important man in our lives feel good today. I think that sometimes you just need to be around people who care about you, and it was nice to celebrate him.
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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.