We asked our Bigs to tell us the best parts of being Bigs. We were thrilled/surprised/inspired by the answers we received.
1. You learn more than you teach.
Jesse: I would say that the best part of being a Big is the fact that I learn as much from my little as he learns from me. As someone who does not have children myself I have learned a lot about being patient, about what goes through the mind of a child on a day-to-day basis, about what drives and inspires our youth, and mostly about how much of an impact one person can have on another (especially young) person.
Tim: I agree with Jesse. I went into this thinking I would be able to give time and teach my little things he might not otherwise learn, but what I am finding is each time I spend time with my little he teaches me things I need to learn about life, living, etc. Great experience!
2. You have someone who is always happy to see you.
Brittany: Seeing my Little Sis’s eyes light up Friday afternoons when she sees me. I don’t think there is anyone in my life who gets so excited just to hang out with me. After drudging through nursing school clinicals, homework, and exams all week, it’s so wonderful to feel a sense of purpose and take time to enjoy something as simple as playing cards
Nicole: My favorite part is knowing that my little looks forward to my visits, that makes me happy. Also, knowing that he can be himself around me makes me feel like I’m doing something right. Today when I was with him one of his teachers came in and said she had never seen him so happy, and that puts a smile on my face. Being with him can make Friday mornings even better. He’s a sweetie. 🙂
Carolyn: The best part about being a Big is the joy I see in my little’s eyes when I show up at school. Sometimes in life, it really is the simple things and he proved this to me.
Derek: The best part is the adventures we have together and how much fun my Little Brother has. he lights up, asking questions and acting like a squirrel just like adhd dont blame me haha! The experience is incredible and makes me think about being a father later down the road. 🙂 I think I learn more from him than what he learns from me. There is nothing greater than a childs genuine love.
4. You have a constant friend.
Terry: It’s been a year since my Little Sister and I met for the first time and it is so neat to see how much both of us enjoy being together. Whether it’s going to a parade, seeing Christmas trees and lights, going to a farm, riding bikes, swimming, watching movies, cooking, planting flowers, doing homework and studying for tests, or just talking… we have fun being together.
5. You can see the impact you are making.
Hannah: The best part of being a Big Sister is watching my Little Sister get more confident with each of our visits. Last year she could barely read and this year each time I visit she has something she wants to read me or shows me a game that helps her learn. Knowing that she looks forward to my visits and being able to be something consistent in her life is more than I could have asked for
6. You get an instant example of how to be a better person.
Kimberly: I’ve been with my Little for just under three years and I have to say that the best thing about being a Big is watching her grow into the young woman she’s becoming. She’s been through a lot of family and life changes since I met her, but she’s kept her head up and is still one of the most loving and caring people I know. Every time I’m with her, she reminds me of what it means to be resilient and endlessly curious, but also how important it is to be grateful and appreciative of everything life throws at us. The best part of being a Big is realizing that your Little is teaching you more about life than she even realizes and just hoping you’re giving her something as valuable in return
7. You make a difference.
Gail: The best part is knowing that I’m an important part of a child’s life and that I’ve made a difference because of it.
8. Rock climbing, watergun fights, playing in the mud, making fun of girls.
Mike: Rock climbing, watergun fights, playing in the mud, and making fun of girls. OH YEAH.