Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Do you ever get really excited about plans, but then due to circumstances beyond anyone's control, the plans get cancelled at the last minute?
That's exactly what happened tonight, and it truly was no one's fault that the plans got cancelled. Everything can be blamed on weather and airplanes. Let me explain...
Back when I was student teaching last year, I was working with an incredible kindergarten teacher at my own elementary school. My family has known this teacher since, I don't know, I was maybe in kindergarten or first grade, something like that. I always liked her, even before I really knew her, just because she was one of those sweet teachers that makes everyone feel good about themselves. Of course, once I was able to start working with her through volunteering and then through college classes, I grew to like her even more and enjoyed being able to spend time with her. She's been so supportive of me in everything, from student teaching to my writing, and I was sad to say good-bye to her when we were moving.
Last month, this particular teacher wrote to me on Facebook and said that she would be going to Disney for Spring Break, and that if I had any free time, it would be great to meet up. Of course, I was looking forward to this and made sure to keep the day free that we could meet up. See where I'm going with this? Exactly, we were supposed to meet up tonight. She was supposed to check-in this afternoon, and then my dad was going to watch all of the kids so my mom and I could go down to meet up with her and her family.
I was excited for a few reasons... Obviously after working side by side with this teacher for so long and then suddenly not seeing her at all anymore, I wanted to see her again. But it was also just great to know that we'd be seeing someone from home, and it was going to be nice just to get out of the house. I feel like I rarely do anything because we just don't know anyone to make plans with down here the way we used to make plans with friends back in New York.
Unfortunately, as excited as everyone was for tonight, the airline had other plans. Flights were delayed, plans had to be rearranged, and the bottom line was that there was no way to get into restaurants at Disney Springs to meet up for dinner. It was sad, because everyone had been looking forward to it.
There was, however, a silver lining to this grey cloud of bad news. I may be able to go meet up with this teacher on Monday when she's going to Epcot! She told me that she would love it if I could come down and walk around the Park with them, and it looks like I may be able to do just that. Nothing's set in stone; after all, we know how easily plans get changed. Still, the possibility that we may still be able to visit while she's down here has cheered us all up. And if not? Well, I figure the odds are that everyone I care about will eventually make it down (or come back down) here for vacation at some point, or I'll one day make it back to see my hometown again and see everyone there. In the meantime, thank goodness for social media to keep us all in touch!
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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.