Big Brothers Big Sisters- Any experience? - Page 2
When I was 5 years old I was the oldest of 4 kids, my mother was single raising us on state aid. I was partnered with my big sister, Katrina was her name. We hit if off right off the bat, she made me feel something I only felt around her. I know my mom wanted to do more for us she was just financially unable. Katrina and I did so many things together, we even went to adventureland! I have so many fond memories. We did not have to spend money to have fun, we would color, read books, go fishing and even bike riding. I am 36 years old today and throughout the years Katrina and I have stayed in contact, she means the world to me. I enjoyed our time together. I don't know if she really knew how excited I would be to go with her, as I got older I felt guilty that she was so kind to me and I had nothing to give in return. Little did I know, me smiling and laughing was all she needed. This program changed my life and I am so happy that I had such a wonderful experience. I can only hope everyone in the program could have someone as wonderful as my Katrina. I love her and I always will.
That's awesome. I had a similar experience with my big brother. His name was John and I think he was an investment banker or broker or something. He was very professional. He would pick me up and we would shoot hoops or throw the ball. The simplest activities were so fun to me. I remember going to a tradeshow with him and he won free passes to a ski resort in colorado. He ended up trading up to a better resort to someone else who had won better resort passes. He was quite the wheeler-n-dealer. We went to Breckenridge the following weekend. I am 28 now but that ski trip is still a vivid memory for me. It was a lot of fun. I know feel the burning desire to pay it forward, and volunteer for the program. I have been thinking about it my whole life and I think I am finally at a place in my life where I can pull the "long term" commitment. I believe that it is a one year commit.
My fear: I don't want to come and go in a young person's life and make things worse for them. I really want to assess if I can do it for a year, and I think I can.