#45 is definitely something I had wanted to do for a while. Sure, it’s important to mentor and educate younger generations and it’s nice to provide a non-family or peer outlet where a child can go for advice. Really though, having someone to do childish things with sounds like a lot of fun.
The process to become a “Big” was actually a little more intense than I originally thought. Before you’re even accepted you attend an orientation and training session, have an interview with someone from BBBS, go through a very thorough background check, and provide five references. I started the process in February and was matched to my little in the middle of April. It’s a one year commitment (minimum), meeting once or twice a month, that can go for as long and you and your little want it to. To learn more about a BBBS program in your area, click here.
Out of respect for my Little’s privacy I’m not going to post much about her. What I will say is that she’s 8 years old, incredibly vivacious, and she wants to be a singer/actress when she grows up. We had our first “alone” meeting just last week and it went great. I had to laugh when we were going through a list of things to do and she mentions, “we can’t go to the library, they make you be quiet there.” She kind of reminds me of someone that I know. 😉