Margaret and KylieKylie and I were matched on 26 February 2009. Through our weekly meetings we have been on some amazing journeys, had some great opportunities, done things and gone places that had I not been a mentor with BBBS, I would never have experienced. Likewise Kylie has been exposed to another side of life, and has experienced things that without BBBS would still be unexplored. So I guess for both of us it has been an enjoyable sharing and learning experience. What ever is a ‘Captain’s Run’? Well thanks to BBBS I now know!
Kylie loves to play pretend games, and the Tasman Club is probably her favourite place. She loves playing table tennis and air hockey, the board games – just simply playing games together. She loves to cook, standing on a stool to reach the bench, resplendent in her “Dora the Explorer” apron she sewed on my treadle sewing machine. I am amazed how good she is at cracking eggs open, even teaching me how to use the egg shell to get out the little piece of shell that ends up in the bowl. Any opportunity to ride a horse is always eagerly sought, the Fitzroy School Gala day being a good venue for horse riding. She even got to ride on the big three wheel motor bikes you see on the open road at the Gala. She never ceases to surprise me with her ability and knowledge – one day when we were eating lunch she said we should say a karakia first, then promptly said one in Maori.
As Kylie’s Big Sister I hope that the things we have done and shared together will be of some influence on her and how she leads her life. I know I have become a more accepting person of how some children have to make the most of what life’s circumstances throws their way. If we can lead by example through BBBS in shaping tomorrows citizens then we have played a small but important role in the lives of these young people. A quote that really speaks to me is “We can do no great things, only small things with great love” Mother Teresa Maybe she was a big sister too!! Margaret Peters