This is the fifth post in a series on being part of a Big Couple through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you haven’t read the previous posts and would like more context, click here for an archive of the posts.
After the jam-packed and controlled-chaos of an arcade, we thought we’d go for something where we could talk more. I looked through our purple folder for ideas and came across a permission form from his mother giving us permission to visit Ryan at his school.
We figured that it might be a good idea to meet with him at his school for lunch. It’s a casual environment, but it would hopefully show him that we support his pursuit of education while having a good time talking.
After making a couple of calls to the school to make sure that they were okay with us coming to visit him, we scheduled our lunch with Ryan for Friday, January 30th, 2015.
Ryan hadn’t been having a good morning, after forgetting his science project at home (which his mother brought to him thankfully; she’s an awesome mom), and he didn’t know we were coming to visit him.
I cannot tell you how awesome it was to see him light up when he saw us. He introduced us to his friends and spent lunch telling us jokes (he’s a natural comedian) and about what he learned in his art class (Leonardo da Vinci).
We got to sit on the stage in the lunch room, which was apparently an honor since Ryan was super excited when we got permission to go up there. It was also quieter, so we could talk to him without having to shout.
His teachers and the staff members were all supportive of us, and they even let us have a banana and a sandwich (we forgot cash for lunch money).
It was neat getting to see the support his teachers and the school staff have for Ryan, and it was cool getting to meet his friends.
Overall thoughts and lessons learned:
-Elementary school cafeterias are loud.
-I was nervous that Ryan would be embarrassed by us coming to visit him, but he seemed really happy to see us, and we were accepted among his friends.
-Having a surprise lunch with your Little can make his day a whole lot better.
-We learned more about what he’s learning in school and what his thoughts are about his classes, and we think we’ll try and meet with him for lunch at school more.
We’re almost caught up! Next Tuesday, I’ll talk about celebrating our Little’s birthday.
Are you (or have you been) part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program? What do you do to support your Little’s education, or what did your Big do to support your education? If not, would you consider being a part of it?
Let me know in the comments below!