Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Tonight, I wanted to talk about a kind of silly subject: ice cream. When we came back from Florida, our local homemade ice cream stand had opened for the season, and boy am I glad that it did.
The best ice cream place in the area is just five minutes from my house. Each spring we kids wait with excitement for the place to open and then work together to convince our parents that we should go get some ice cream (or ices in the case of my little sisters) for dessert.
It's always nice to have a little sweet treat in the warm weather, even if it doesn't help me with my goal of losing weight. This ice cream place is just one of those things that we take for granted, and the people who work there are always behind the counter welcoming us back each spring. While I'm sure there will be an abundance of ice cream stands in Florida that are open year-round, I'll certainly miss this one after we move.
Silly little things that I'll miss from up here, like this ice cream place, make me realize how difficult life must be for foster children. I may have had nineteen siblings come into my home through the foster care system, but that doesn't mean that I truly understand what life is like when you're a foster kid. I've had an amazing life, and I've lived in the same house for 21 years. I've never had to miss the small things, like a favorite ice cream place or movie theater. But kids who go into foster care start brand new lives with completely families; even though the life might be better for them, I'm sure they still miss those pieces of daily life that they took for granted before being removed from their homes. Sometimes the small stuff makes all of the difference in a kid's life.
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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.