Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Tonight was the last night of my first sign language session! The past six weeks have just flown by!
I am so proud of myself for starting these sign language classes, I was really nervous at first, because I kept wondering if my skills were advanced enough to actually teach other people a significant amount of signs. I figured that it couldn't hurt to put my skills to the test and give these classes a try, because I really needed some money and I was looking for an opportunity to use ASL more often.
Sometimes I've been asked questions that throw me for a minute, but I've learned that part of what makes you a good teacher is admitting when you're unsure of something. I'm never afraid to say that I haven't needed to use a sign before (like when one kid wanted to know how to sign 'dragon' of all things), but that I'd be happy to find out how to sign it and teach someone at the next class. That's something that has also helped me in my own knowledge of ASL, because I have found myself looking up signs for words that I never had any use for previously.
I've also been able to meet some really nice people through these sign language classes, and learn a little more about the area that I'm living in now. It's great to hear about different events that happen locally, or to be told about places that I could go to advertise my classes. And it's pretty funny to teach weather signs and hear people reassure me that they won't need the sign for 'snow' around here!
Speaking of which, it may not snow down here, but it definitely rains a lot in the summer.... and I absolutely love it! It can be pouring one minute, and the sun is shining the next. It's always a nice, warm rain, unlike the cold rain up in New York that always left you with a chill. Up in New York, people are already pulling out their sweatshirt jackets, and we're down here enjoying flip flops and spaghetti straps at 10:00pm. It's great! It was a really rainy day today, unlike most days where it just rains for a short period of time, but it didn't bother anyone. In fact, the twins were absolutely thrilled when my mom and I showed up to pick them up at school at the end of the day and we were holding their umbrellas. They love using their new umbrellas, and they also love jumping in the puddles, as I found out the hard way when Twin A soaked me!
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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.