A Big Sister Story
As a fresh UPEI graduate with an uncertain future ahead, I was interested in doing something different with my life and making a difference in the world. I had heard about Big Brothers Big Sisters from a few of my classmates and initially thought that it was not a good match for me, as I can be somewhat shy, finding it difficult to make conversation with new people. However, I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to step out of my comfort zone and add something to my resume to help me realize my dream of eventually becoming a school teacher. With some hesitation, I went through the screening process and successfully registered as a Big Sister. I awaited my match with uncertainty and anticipation, as I was not sure what to expect.
The first day I met Cherokee, I was amazed at her ease in making conversation and her ability to put me at ease when I was with her. It was clear to me from day one that she was a very special and caring young person with a lot of potential. As the months went by, we learned more about each other, and I came to know Cherokee as a mature, caring, sweet and funny companion. No matter what we decided to do, she always managed to lighten my heart and remind me of the more important things in life: friendship and laughter.
Four years have passed since I met Cherokee and we still find time to see each other, although less often now that I am a mother and full-time student. The ten-year-old girl I first met is now a beautiful and mature 14-year old young woman who continues to amaze me with her caring and helpful nature. It has been such a blessing to know Cherokee throughout the past years and it is so special to see how we both pass through life’s stages together, all the while still making time for each other.
I became a Big Sister to make a difference in the world but it turns out that Cherokee has made a difference in me. What started out as an uncertain and hesitant endeavour on my part has become one of the most important decisions of my life, as I feel privileged to know and love my Little Sister.