Monday, 15 November 2010

We interrupt this day in 30 days of truth to bring you a newsflash...

So much has been going on this week, I just HAD to sneak in a post between my Day 15 and Day 16 posts!!

When I was 19, I decided to become a "big sister" with the Big Sisters of Peel...very much like Big Brothers, only women mentored girls, as opposed to men mentoring boys. Anyway, if you'd like more information on this fantastic organization, you can find it here.

I was paired up with a little girl named "M". She was 6 years old and her Mom was raising her and her little brother alone. I was supposed to commit to 2 hours a week for 15 months. I ended up staying paired with this special little girl for almost 5 years. I just loved her to death and I knew I was making a difference in her difficult life. We did fun things like bowling, crafts, movies, swimming, etc. and I really loved her company. She became part of the family and my sister parents adored her too!

When Hubster and I got married, my parents bought M a beautiful dress, which she wore as she handed out the scrolls (programs) at the door of the church. She was so happy to be involved in our special day and I was sooo glad she was a part of it.

Not long after we were married and living about half an hour away from one another, I realized that the time was coming for us to wind down our friendship. My hope was that she would be matched with another Big Sister who could dedicate more time to her. I promised to keep in touch and I'm sure she was heartbroken, but we were getting ready to have a family and staying paired with her kept her from someone else. She never did get matched with anyone else.

Somewhere along the way, we lost contact. I had my first two boys and was busy being a working Mom and M had moved on to high school. One day, when M was in grade 12, M called me. She had looked me up in the phone book. I was THRILLED to hear her voice and to hear that she was doing very well. We agreed to meet for coffee and a while later, I met her after school one day with the boys. We had a great catch up session and I loved seeing that the little girl that I had known was growing into a beautiful young woman.

We emailed back and forth and chatted on MSN the odd time, until Facebook came into existence. I loved seeing her photos and keeping in touch. A short while later, due to some drama in her life, she deactivated her Facebook account. We still exchanged the odd email until she came back to Facebook a few weeks ago. She sent me an inbox message with her cellphone number, asking me to call her because she had to ask me something. She is 27 years old now. (GULP! I AM OLD)

I called her last Sunday. After a little chit chat, I asked her what was up. She told me that she was now living with her long time boyfriend and was following in my footsteps to be married to a Catholic boy. Because she is not Catholic, she has made the decision to convert to Catholicism and has started taking her classes. She has to be baptized and then have her First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation on the same day. She said she appreciated all that I had done in her life, being there for her when she needed me and that I was like a fairy godmother in her life. She then said she could think of no one else that would be as perfect as me to be her Godmother.

I was shocked, I cried, I had goosebumps. I told her I was honoured and flattered and that absolutely, I would be her Godmother. Her Mass will be close to Easter and I can't WAIT!

I cannot describe the feeling of knowing that I have made such a difference in a child's life. That after all these years, she still considers me to be important enough to take on the role of Godmother. I feel so humbled and blessed and I thank God for putting her into my life. I love you M!!! Pin It

1 comment:

Lisa said...

that is awesome!!!!!!

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