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I know that my readers range in age, but no matter how old you are, I’m sure you can think back to a time when you couldn’t wait to show off to your friends about something. Most cases that I can think about when you want to show off to your friends are in high school, when you want everyone to be jealous of you. You want to look good in front of others, appear to be cool. Well it happens as an adult too, I’m sure. What about when you get engaged? Don’t you want to run to your friends and tell them every single detail? Or at any age of your life, if you get a new puppy, the first thing you want to do is show everyone a picture and get feedback about how cute your new fur-baby is.
The same goes for getting a new sibling. Picture a woman giving birth. Okay, on second thought, don’t picture that exactly. Picture, you know, once the baby is already cleaned up and everyone’s coming into the room to meet the new baby. If you think about what I wrote in my post, “Baby Nursery,” I’ve never actually been a part of the exciting scene at the hospital when a baby is born. But I can picture what the situation looks like, from movies, and from family and friends. When a baby is born, the parents (and grandparents) can’t wait to show off the new baby, to get all of the “how cute” and “congratulations” and “how sweet” remarks from everyone they’ve ever met.
Just because you don’t get your siblings through having a pregnant mom in a foster family, doesn’t mean that you don’t get those same feelings. From the moment I find out that I’m going to be a big sister again, even before I meet my new brother or sister, I can’t wait to tell everyone I know about what’s happening in my life. When I was younger, getting a new brother or sister would make for great conversation at school the next day. Talk of my new sibling would consume show and tell time, lunch time, recess time, you name it. I couldn’t stop talking about how cute the new kid was, or if they were shy or talkative. As I’ve gotten older, technology has allowed me to spread the word more quickly. I find out that I’m getting a new brother or sister and I can send out a text to all of my friends at once. Technology even helps clue me in nowadays, if you remember the way I found out about taking in my last little sister. I wrote about it in a post called “Surprise!”
Everyone wants to show off when something great happens to them. Whether you’re a kid in kindergarten or a college student, a young adult or a grandparent, you want to share the joys in your life with anyone who will listen. When you become a foster family, there’s a never-ending supply of stories to share with everyone you know, and plenty to show off about to friends. Heck, if there were no good stories that came from being in a foster family, then I wouldn’t have this blog, would I?
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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.