That’s how long my phone conversation with Relative T was last night - the out of town one who is behaving like an adult. The only one who is behaving like an adult really.
And that includes me, who broke down crying yesterday during a foster parent/CW leadership meeting about teamwork.
(Sample quote from my squall: “foster training is a bait and switch - they tell us we’re team mates and partners and instead we are totally in the dark on the case plan, the progress, everything!” I got lots of pitiful looks from all the grannies who’ve done fostering for 20+ years. And not like, the pitiful look without a tinge a judgment either.)
My white tears got some supervisor to talk to some other supervisors and schedule a meeting that apparently should’ve happened at the beginning of the placement.
I called Relative T to give her a heads up about the meeting and we commiserated for a bit.
Then it did the thing where she’s just belting out her life story and I’m carefully supportive, but like … I can’t be trying to steer her to insight or anything like that.
The major thing I did was suck it up and ask point blank whether she wanted us to adopt him or her to adopt him if reunification failed and it was up to her. She said she wants to, and then went on to say that she wants us in his life, at whatever level we’re comfortable with, forever.
My main fear - that the longer he’s in what might be a transitional foster home with us, the more traumatic the kinship placement will be - is very much calmed by her intent on that. Like, I kind of thought she had that attitude, but the words made all the difference.
We’re all fucked if Relative L, he of the W-E-I-R-D visit, gets placement. That dude isn’t going to expand his world to accommodate other relatives, much less former foster parents.
We love status. We want pins and medallions on our jackets. We want power and prestige in our titles. We want to be acknowledge, recognized, and praised. It’s too bad all of those make for hollow leaders. Great teams require great teammates. Nowhere is that more true that at the top. No leader ever became worse by thinking about their teammates more.
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genuinely so proud and happy for BTS and their well-deserved award for album of the year. they truly embody their quote “teamwork makes the dream work”. they worked so hard to get to this point. it took 3 years of teamwork and effort to achieve this amazing goal and not once did they waver in their determination, forget their humble beginnings or fail to thank their fans for their achievements
“Whether we have the best individual players or whatever does not matter. You have to have the best team. We stepped up time and again in the tournament and did not let ourselves get distracted. And at the end, we stand there as world champions.”