Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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I don't know about you, but I've always been the weird kid who absolutely loves school. No, I mean it... like my mom could never get a nice 'last day of school' picture because I always came off of the bus crying that the school year was over.
I've been going to school for the past seventeen years, if you count kindergarten. Plus, I went to a year of preschool before that. I don't even remember what life was like before I was a student. And yet here I am, a recent graduate, and I have absolutely no school to look forward to this year. Because of the big move, I postponed graduate school so that I could settle in here, work for a year, and then go for my Master's when I get residency in Florida (school will be cheaper then, which was a huge factor in my decision). So now what?
I've spent two days now shopping with my mom and the kids to find school supplies. Between backpacks, notebooks, new shoes, and first day outfits, there was a lot to pick out. And what did I get? Nothing. Zip, zilch, nada, you call it whatever you want, but I got absolutely nothing for back to school. I feel so completely empty.
Of course, I'm teaching sign language classes now, and I'm applying to jobs, but it isn't the same! I miss the rush of picking out the perfect package of pens, and finding just the right binder. I miss deciding which class will get assigned which color, and matching all of my notebooks and folders to it. I know, I'm a complete dork, and I totally own it, but it's still a very weird time for me right now.
For the first time in my life as a big sister, I'm going to watch all of my siblings head off to new schools, wide-eyed and smiling for the first day, and then I'm going to come home with my mom. Sure, I've had days off in the past for testing, or winter break at college, and I was home alone with my mom while the kids were in school. But that was different; it was just a small break. Now, I've got absolutely nothing to do until a job comes through, which means that my mom and I have all day to shop (hey, I still need some new things, regardless of whether I'm wearing these clothes to a school), or swim, or sit on the couch and catch up on some TV... and I'm definitely looking forward to having a conversation with my mom that doesn't get interrupted twenty thousand times, so that's going to be a major plus. But it's still really weird knowing that my siblings are all starting this new school adventure and I'm basically hanging around at home being a lazy bum. Yeah, this is going to be odd....
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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.