Saturday was the Easter Picnic for our foster care agency. What an awesome event.
It was just a sausage sizzle in a playground, but, it was perfect weather, and all of the children were fantastic.
We had our tribe with us, “Kelly”, “Scarlett” and “Jade”. We chatted with “Kelly” and “Scarlett” on the way there about our expectations for their behaviour. We let them know they would most probably be the oldest children there so we expected that they would be great role models with behaviour for all of the younger children. We also let “Scarlett” know that there would be an Easter Egg Hunt and we expected that she would not race around finding all of the eggs and not leaving any fun for the young children. It was a chat about how magical it is for young children to find the eggs and how for her it’s just about getting chocolate, about how for some of the children there (regardless of their age) it may be their first Easter egg hunt.
It was so lovely to have a few adults at the picnic come and comment to us about how lovely our girls were. Helping the little kids on the playground and helping with the Easter Egg hunt.
“Kylie” was also there, we got the biggest hugs from her, and she spent her time with “Kylie” and “Scarlett”. The three of them get along so well, it was lovely to see. It was interesting to see “Scarlett” comment on how many eggs “Kylie” had and how she should have shared more with the little kids. When “Kylie” wasn’t around we quietly explained that this was “Kylie’s” very first Easter egg hunt, just as last weekend was her very first birthday party, and the first time she got presents for her birthday.
Our little “Catelyn” was also there. She’s not so little anymore, 18 months old now with the tinniest little ponytail, and starting to put little sentences together. That little lady is doing with her family. It was at the Easter picnic last year that she first went home with them, now, later this week her case goes back to court and we all have everything crossed that she will get to live forever with her lovely foster parents.
“Jade” seemed to be the star of the picnic, perhaps her cute little bunny outfit had something to do with that, with so many people coming over to chat with us and to see how she’s going and I guess it’s strange for people to see us with such a little person as we normally care for much older children. My highlight had to be “Catelyn” wanting to give her a hug and a kiss. So cute.
Such a lovely day. Lovely people. Lovely children. All of us together sharing our stories with other people who understand the joys and challenges of being a foster carer. All of the children together with no one feeling out of place for being a child in care, just enjoying the day.
Quite possibly the best foster care event we have been to so far.
What’s the best event you have been to and why?