They’ve only been matched for a short time, but Jess and Rebekah are already busy enjoying their time together.
“As a Big Sister, I was looking forward to building a special relationship, being a role model, and also learning from my Little,” Jess said. “I think relationships are reciprocal, especially in terms of growth. And with Rebekah being a teenager, our relationship has been more like hanging out with an adult. It’s been really fun.”
The two have been exploring city trails and doing a lot of hiking, something Rebekah enjoys but doesn’t get to do with her family. “We like to do a lot of outdoor activities,” Jess continued, “but we also enjoy playing games and cooking.”
Rebekah was looking forward to having a Big Sister she could talk to and who has gone through some of the things she’s struggling with. “Rebekah is very wise and has a good head on her shoulders,” Jess added. “She knows that there are things she wants to improve upon, and she realizes her friends aren’t always going to be the best ones to help her with those things.”
As Jess points out, the more positive role models we all have in our lives, the better.
“It’s easy to get caught up in being adults and worrying about our full-time jobs, about insurance… about all of these things… and losing track of the child within us,” Jess concluded. “Being a Big helps me step back and say ‘What are the things in life that I really enjoy?’ It helps me appreciate the little things in life and allows me to have a relationship with a young person in which we can both learn from one another.”
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