Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Yesterday, I was writing about the preparations for my little sisters’ fifth birthday party. Everyone (okay, mostly the two of them and myself) is really excited for the party. But writing about their birthdays coming up made me think about my own birthday. I’m not sure if I’ve ever written about my birthday before.
The reason their birthdays remind me of mine is because………………………………we share a birthday!!
That’s right, me and my twin sisters all share a birthday! It’s incredible, isn’t it? And we’re not even biologically related!
My little sisters were born on my sixteenth birthday, totally unbeknownst to me. We didn’t even know that my little sisters existed until almost three months after they were born. So suddenly, starting on my seventeenth birthday, I had to share my birthday with two other people in my family. It was an odd adjustment, but I have really enjoyed sharing our special days. The two of them will grow up not knowing anything different, but it was definitely something that I had to get used to after sixteen years of having a birthday all to myself.
This year, their birthday party is actually going to be on our birthday, but I don’t mind. It gives me something fun to do, instead of sitting at home. One of my closest friends always works on Sundays, and I don’t think she’ll be able to get off. One of my other closest friends lives three hours away and I don’t know if she can come up for my birthday. And my other closest friend is away at school, and although she’ll be home that weekend, I don’t think I’ll be able to see her that day. That’s because her younger cousin is turning eight years oldthe same day!! Yes, her cousin was born on my birthday the year we were in eighth grade… So many people share my birthday, it’s incredible! So at least if I have a birthday party to go to for my sisters, I know I’ll have something to do that day.
And my birthday won’t go unnoticed… since I’m turning twenty-one this year, my mom and some other family and friends are going to take me out the night before, and I can have my first drink at midnight on my birthday. So hopefully I’ll still have an enjoyable birthday as well.
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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.