This is the sixth 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.
Having a birthday on a school day can be tough, but our Little, Ryan, didn’t seem to mind it too much. My husband and I decided it would be cool for us to visit Ryan on his birthday for lunch again.
We thought about bringing cupcakes or cookies for his class, so I talked to his school about policies for bringing outside food for him and his class to enjoy. We also talked to his mom, and it turned out she was also going to bring cupcakes.
So rather than step on her toes, I asked what she thought Ryan might like as a birthday treat. She said he’d been wanting Doritos and Ginger Ale, so that’s what I picked up for him.
Unfortunately, with Ryan’s birthday being on a school day, Daniel couldn’t be there due to work. It took Ryan a second to recognize me without Daniel, but he was happy to see me.
We got to sit up on the stage again and had some time to catch up on how his birthday was going. His mom picked up plenty of cupcakes, and there was enough for a few of the teachers and me. They were so tasty!
Ryan ended up turning his face and hands blue from the icing, but I don’t blame him. Those were some of the best store-bought cupcakes I’ve ever tasted!
After he’d finished eating all of his “real” food and the cupcake, I gave him the Doritos and Ginger Ale. Sure enough, he loved them.
Afterwards, I finally got to meet his teacher (there was a substitute the first time we visited the school).
All said and done, it was definitely a good experience for everyone involved.
Overall thoughts and lessons learned:
Check with the school about policies regarding bringing outside food for the students.
Keep an open line of communication with your Little’s parent(s) so that everyone knows what’s going on (ie, so we don’t end up with double the cupcakes, though I doubt the kids would have minded that).
Stay tuned for a post about our latest meeting!
Are you (or have you been) part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program? What have you (or what has your Big) done to celebrate your Little’s birthday?
Let me know in the comments below!