Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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A year and ten months. For a year and ten months, I have been writing blog posts every single day.
Some posts are better than others. Sometimes I post just to make myself write for the day, while other times I actually have something important to share.Some posts are long, some are short, and some are in between. All reflect, in some way, who I am as a writer, daughter, sister, person; they're a piece of me.
Tonight, I thought that I would share two different sides of me: the really dumb side, and the opinionated smarter side. Let's focus on the dumb part first...
On Friday, as I may have written, I went to get new shoes for work. As a Cast Member, I'm lucky that I'm able to just switch out costume pieces as needed, so when my old shoes broke, I took them in and got replacement shoes. I asked for the exact same pair as the ones that I was turning in, so when I was given the new pair, I didn't try them on. I simply took the shoe box, headed back out to the car, and went on my merry way to Epcot with my dad and my brother.
I didn't try the shoes on when I got home Friday night. I didn't try the shoes on yesterday, or even this morning before I left for work. No, I tried the shoes on when I got to work and was about to clock in and start the day. That was when I realized that the shoes did not fit. It was funny, because on the way in to work this morning, I suddenly had this gut-wrenching feeling that the shoes weren't going to fit well, and that I should have tried them on when I picked them up. I tried to tell myself not to worry about it, that everything would be fine, but that gut feeling was totally correct.
My shoes were too small. I didn't try them on, and suddenly I had to work and they were too small. So what could I do? My toes were being pinched, they were rubbing on the back of my heels, and I had to put a smile on my face and be part of the Disney team. I knew that I wasn't going to last long, however, and had to tell my immediate bosses that I was going to need to step outside every once in a while to take the shoes off. Luckily for me, I work with some incredibly understanding people and it wasn't a problem. I mean, I was really impressed with myself, because each time I thought that I couldn't take it any longer, I pushed on just a bit more before going outside. Still, I could tell that circulation to my toes was slowly being cut off, and I began to feel really weird as I walked around all day.
By the time I got out of work and switched back into flip flops, my big toes were blue and incredibly sore. The color is almost back to normal now, and I can finally bend my toes all of the way again, but they're still sore on top and I can't lay anything on them. I cannot believe that I was so dumb that I didn't think to try on the shoes. My parents just shook their heads at me as if they couldn't believe that I was their child; yeah, I think I've learned my lesson.
Now, I promised that I would prove that I can be smart sometimes too. Here it goes...
Have you seen the newest trailer for Disney/Pixar's "Finding Dory" that recently came out? Well, being the Disney fanatic that I am, I watched it shortly after it went up online. I got a little emotional and excited, and I can't wait to go see the movie in theaters. That was it. I watched, I shared on Facebook so my mom would see it, and then I moved on with life. Tonight, scrolling through Facebook after I got home from work, I realized that some other people didn't just move on with life after watching the trailer.
If you go on Facebook, you'll see that one of the trending topic is "Finding Dory." Apparently, there are rumors circulating that this movie is the first in Disney/Pixar history to feature a lesbian couple. This, of course, is sending shock waves through social media because... well, I don't really have an answer for that. I don't understand why this would be a problem, but there are a lot of people in the world with whom I can't see eye to eye on the topic of gay rights and such.
Anyway, here's where I'm apparently thinking and a lot of people are not. First of all, there has been no confirmation on Disney/Pixar's end that the two women featured in the trailer are a couple. I can't say where this rumor started, because I have no idea, but it came from a source outside of the team associated with the movie. The clip shows two women with a baby stroller, a scene so small that I had actually forgotten about it, but there is no relationship shown between the women. It could be sisters, friends, wives, girlfriends, cousins... we have no idea! But of course, people are now off and running with the idea that it's a lesbian couple, and for some odd reason, many have taken offense to this idea.
Now, this is what really amazes me... People are actually deciding to boycott "Finding Dory" because of this alleged lesbian couple. If you scroll through the trending topic on Facebook, you'll see post after post that bases Disney/Pixar for trying to corrupt the minds of young children. People will not see this movie because of something that isn't even proven to be true! What in the world? It's not even like Disney/Pixar came out and said that they were showcasing a lesbian couple because they want to stand up for gay rights or something... there's absolutely no proof that the two ladies featured in this clip are, in fact, a couple. So someone started this weird rumor, they're making everyone go crazy, and now people are boycotting. Are you serious?
Hey, if you want to boycott Disney/Pixar movies, I'm not going to stop you. Yes, I love Disney/Pixar, yes I'm going to be seeing "Finding Dory," yes I'm a Cast Member, and yes I think that there's no problem with any of the movies, but you're entitled to your own opinions. But please, if you're going to boycott something, make sure it's worth your while. If you don't hear something straight from the source, you can't believe that it's true. It's like when celebrities are linked together in the media; if they don't go on a talk show and confirm that they're dating, I don't believe it. If Disney/Pixar doesn't come out and say that this is, in fact, a lesbian couple, then I don't think that they are. It doesn't matter to me one way or another if they're a couple, or sisters, or friends, but it makes me crazy how people just stop thinking and jump to conclusions. I just don't understand it.Check your facts before you start bashing companies' choices.
By the way, Dory is voiced by Ellen DeGeneres. She's one of the most famous women on television, and she's a lesbian. So if you're suddenly deciding to boycott her movie because lesbians may or may not be featured in it, you kind of missed the boat on being offended before that just because of Ellen's involvement in the movie. You're going to boycott because of cartoon characters, but not because of an actual woman? Well that sure makes a lot of sense... I mean, seriously, people need to think a little. This whole thing just makes me crazy.
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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.