A Big Sister, a Role Model, a Friend

24 Oct

I love being a Big Sister. Every time I see my Little Sister, which is once a week through the Big Brother Big Sister program, she greets me with a big smile on her face and asks sarcastically, “Are we going to do a craft today since  you loveeee doing crafts with me?” I’d do anything for her, even draw and cut out pumpkins while enduring my 10 year old Little Sister’s playful teasing at my artwork.

I won’t be able to change her home-life, or the environment she has grown up in. I won’t be able to make sure she gets on the bus every morning, or be there every time she is upset or needs a hug. But once every week, I get to see her smiling up at me, and I’m smiling right back. I may not make a difference in her entire life, but I know I’m making a difference in those moments, from when I go to her classroom to excuse her for the hour, or walk her to the line of 4th graders waiting for the bus that will take them home. I know that in these short times, I am making her happy, I’m showing her I care, and I’m showing her that I believe in her.

We refer to each other as sisters. I signed up for this program with the intentions of influencing a child’s life in a positive and effective way, and as cliche as this will sound, I didn’t realize she would influence mine to the extent that she has. She shows such positivity and strength for a little girl that has grown up in a broken home and tough environment. She is amazing. She’s resilient. She is my sister. She has changed my outlook on unfortunate situations that occur in my life, and to allow me to count my blessings.

This is why I do AmeriCorps. I know I’m making a difference, no matter how big or small. But my main goal? I want to show these kids and whomever I work with, that they are making a difference too. That they mean the world to someone. Now that’s making a difference in my eyes.

 

-Marisa

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2 Responses to “A Big Sister, a Role Model, a Friend”

  1. wjamericorpsfellows October 24, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Marisa,

    I happy to hear how much you are enjoying your role as a Big. You are right, you can’t control what happens at her home, but you you can influence her in a positive way. I am glad this is such an enjoyable experience and that you are learning from her as well!

  2. Alex November 1, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    You go girl 🙂 I’m glad you’re having fun and learning from your little. She is a lucky girl to have you looking out for her!

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