Catherine's Story

As a former Little, I can honestly tell you to have someone who’s willing to take time out of their busy schedule to spend time with you, is an indescribable feeling. When you phone them up whether they are at work or at home, they could be very busy with something or having a rough day, they’ll make time to sit down and talk to you. Even if it’s for five minutes or for twenty, they make you feel like you’re the most important thing to them at that precise moment in time.

That’s the way it’s like with Sally and I. My match to Sally is the most rewarding, life changing experience that has ever happened in my life. I met Sally back in September of 2004 when I was a shy and quiet fourteen year old girl. When I think of Sally, I think of a “big kid at the heart”. She’s full of energy and loves to take adventures, just like me.

Sally has changed my life in more ways than one. Sally and I have become so close over the years; we know when the other isn’t their normal self. When I go out with Sally for part of her work as a journalist, I love learning and meeting new people with her. When she interviews them, she looks to me for a brief moment, and she gives me this special kind of smile and wink. It’s the kind of smile and wink that makes me feel the magical bond that we had since we first met over nine years ago. It’s indescribable and magical all at the same time.

I love our adventures that we take and I can’t wait to do more. She’s been to my Junior High, Senior High and even my Holland College graduation ceremonies. No other feeling can compare to having an extra member of your support team, cheering you on as you walk across the stage whether it be accepting awards or just getting your certificate. She’s been through everything with me, and I love knowing that with everyday of my life, I’m walking through it with her. Everyday is something new and I love knowing that Sally is part of my everyday life.

Thank you Big Brothers and Big Sisters, for giving me this magical, forever lasting friendship!

Catherine

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