Event: Signed up to be a Big Sis (in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program)
Every year I've managed to come up with an excuse as to why I don't have time to be a Big Sis. A few weeks ago I got to thinking about it and found myself having a hard time coming up with any real excuses. I mean let's face it. I don't have kids. I don't have a husband. I don't work two jobs. I don't cook. And I don't work out. In fact, the last time I worked out was a month ago. It was 9:30pm and I was sitting on the couch in my pajamas. And while it was May, I was still wearing cotton pajamas with snowflakes on them. As I sat knee deep in a bowl of ice cream, I decided it was time to work out. So I popped in my Jillian Michaels Biggest Loser workout video. Unfortunately, while motivated to do the video, I was not motivated enough to change clothes. I talked myself into keeping on my snowflake pj's because who was I kidding - it's not like I was really going to sweat. Barefoot and in my pj's I started the video but within minutes I remembered the benefits of wearing a sports bra...especially when doing jumping jacks. Not having much motivation, and wanting to get it over with, I decided I needed my bra but was too lazy to change. So, I did what any college-educated woman would do. I put it on over my pajamas.
Upon realizing I have nothing going on most nights except checking my e-harmony account, I decided I could really use a little sis to boss around (just kidding) so I signed up. I filled out my application, gave 3 references and attended an orientation. There, I learned about the program - like how I'll go through an interview process, be assigned a case manager, participate in a home visit (perfect time to set out and show off my dumbbells and Biggest Loser video) and then boom - this "Big" will be matched with a "Little". Side note: When I first arrived at the orientation, one of the coordinators was wearing a nametag that said, "I'm a Big". At first glance I thought it said, "I'm Big" and I was like there's no way in hell I'm wearing a nametag that says "I'm Big." (Then again, I wouldn't have this self-esteem issue if I actually did the work out video). I digress. Again.
During orientation we were asked to share with the group why we wanted to be a Big Sis. I responded by telling the group I'm a mentor to a 5th grader and while I don't think I'm making a difference in her life, she's definitely making a difference in mine. In fact, I'm giving her full credit for teaching me, er, reminding me what a conjunctive adverb is, where all 50 states are (on a puzzle even!), how to add without using my fingers...
So, here's to being a Big Sis and influencing a child's life. Preferably one that loves ice cream, coloring (by number) and one who agrees that a good workout can come in the form of playing tag, kickball or Nintendo Wii (with or without a sports bra).