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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

BBBS 68: Sweet 16 at Magic Mountain

Being a big six years ago was easy. I wasn’t married, I didn’t have family nearby, it was just me and my job. The biggest responsibility I had was my dog and cats. I had so much time, and I wanted to give back in a way that felt real. After looking at several charities I decided to become a Big at Big Brothers Big Sisters. Fast forward to now, I don’t have any free time. The time that I can carve away from the millions of things pulling me in hundreds of directions I just want to sit in a quiet room and stare at a blank wall. I crave getting some ME time to the point that I almost decided to stop being a big.

After months of agonizing over it I decided to stick with it. I love this little girl. I love being a big. And just because things are hard right now, doesn’t mean that I can just walk away. That’s not who I am. That’s not what I want to teach my little. So today, for my Little (and her twins) sixteen birthday I made time to take them to Magic Mountain. Mrs. Dancer stayed at my place and watched my Little Cricket all day so I could take the girls. And she did a great job of keeping me updated on what was going on, including lots of photos… good girl Auntie Dancer.

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We talked in the car about the importance of school and college. They caught me up on the latest going on in their lives. We talked about science and how to correctly blow dry hair. We talked about boys, and rules, and most importantly about how people screw up (me) and the right thing to do is to apologize (which I did) and try harder (which I am going to do).

Once we got to the park we of course had a BLAST. We rode scary rides, we goofed off in line, and we ate yummy fattening food.

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1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

Your little isn't so little any longer. She is growing up to be a beautiful young woman. And with your guidance, she is getting so much more than the big sister program ever hoped to achieve. You have made her a lifelong friend, companion and are a wonderful mentor.

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