November 16, 2012
I am in my 3rd year of mentoring the same child. When I was first approached to be a mentor, I said no. Then, when it was explained to me, that the child was very sad because he didn't have a mom, due to her death at my mentee's age 3, I decided to just try it and I have was pleasently surprised. I was able to show up as a mentor every week for an hour my first year. During my 2nd year, we ended up getting a new 2nd home, where I began spending a lot of time. I asked my mentee if he wanted a new Mentor that could show up each week, and he said no, he would take me whenever I could show up. So, I began coming just once a month, which was still very satisfying for both of us. This year, I have been able to see him more often. I look forward to every meeting with my mentee. He is always so excited when he sees me waiting for him in the office, which reminds me that this is good for both of us. We spend time talking and playing games, which is one of his favorite things. When it's good weather, we play outside. Every winter, we make something special for a Christmas gift for his Dad, and he really loves this, as he normally wouldn't have anything to give his Dad for Christmas. My mentee really loves hot chocolate, so each time I see him, I bring him a thermos of hot chocolate, which he enjoys immensly. If I have any homemade treats, I also bring these, which he loves, since he doesn't have a mom to make these goodies for him. When there is a special occasion in his class, I will bring treats for all, and this makes him so happy as he is able to share with his class members. I try to go to his sports events and support him. I love being able to watch the games and I think he likes me coming to watch him. He told me that he had a friend who needed a mentor, because the boy was acting out. He thought that having a mentor would help his friend. This is further confirmation that this is a great program. The mentoring network is awesome and I really think that it helps kids as well as the adults.
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