Archive for November 4, 2011
1. Your life is full of acronyms that “normal” kids don’t know: CPS, TPR, CP, FP, FFA, CASA, GAL, PP, PPH, IEP, ILP, ILSP, 15/22, PTSD, SED, RTC, … etc.
2. You use the word “worker” and it does not mean “employees” in general.
3. You are asked to provide your address and you write “I don’t know” because you have lived at ALOT of addresses.
4. You cry your eyes out while your foster family sleeps peacefully, because you are terrified of nighttime and feel so alone.
5. You have at least 3 believable stories ready when the neighborhood kids ask “Why can’t you live with YOUR parents?”
- They are sick and are in the hospital
- My house burned down in a fire and my parents have to get a new one
- They had to go out of town for their job
6. You have tons of “brothers and sisters” but none of them look like you…
7. You use a PERMANENT marker and you laugh because nothing is REALLY permanent.
8. You are required to do a school assignment on “YOUR FAMILY” but you don’t know which family the teacher means: the hurtful one or the temporary one?… and you are too embarrassed to ask… so you make one up!
9. You have LIFEbooks, not YEARbooks.
10. You age-out and look one way down the street, then look the other way down the street… and realize you have no place to go!
11. You get an “inherited illness,” but have no idea which bioparent, biograndparent, bio-anything… gave it to you. Or what is yet to come…