Just like the song, I repeated those exact words to the gal I have been mentoring for the past nine months. Sophia and I have become the best of friends with me helping her build her confidence and self esteem and Sophia keeping me busy finding ways to keep her inspired and on track with her grades and life in general. It is much easier this time around when you have raised your children and have some good insight and first hand experience with how teenagers think and how sensitive they truly are. Children are extremely needy of one-on-one attention and someone listening and sharing their feelings and ideas. I realize now that I didn’t always do this with my own children because I felt like I lacked the free time. I worked full time and raised them as a single parent. I can see now how they might have felt cheated.
Sophia is a bright girl that has overcome more than her share of sadness for her young years and is not bitter about her plight. She continues to have a positive attitude and excels in music, piano and math. With her scholarship from “Take Stock in Children” she plans to take courses to become a Veterinarian. The animal shelter in Pasco County benefits from her volunteer hours after school a few days a week. Sophia misses her grandmother that she lost earlier this year, but the hospice care she received has helped her deal with the passing.
We both decided that we were a good fit and will continue the Mentor-Mentee relationship for another year. I am so happy that I chose to be a Mentor and hope others will follow this golden path to a child’s heart and life.
I hope I have piqued an interest for you too. For more information, visit the “Take Stock in Children” website and read about all becoming a Mentor.
So, have a great summer Sophia, and I will see you in September.
Current Mood: Happy