Today’s class was literally filled with school supplies. Boxes and boxes were packed, taped, and loaded. Even though the semester is winding down the boxes are still adding up. Not only are people still collecting supplies but people are still giving generously. Since my 10 boxes are packed and half of them shipped already I started thinking about what’s next for me. Fortunately I didn’t have to think long.
I am a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization and am privileged to be mentoring a bright young girl who has a heart for helping. With some various donations that have been collected our next adventure together will be about filling two boxes. One box will be filled with supplies picked out for students and another box will be filled with supplies picked out for teachers. Both boxes will only contain items that were specifically picked out by my Little Sister.
Sure this is a great way to teach charity and the importance of education to my Little Sister but what I am most interested in is what I can learn from her. I can’t wait till she talks me through the items she chose for the students and teachers in Afghanistan.
For me picking out school supplies stopped being exciting a long time ago. I go in and out for the folders, notebooks, and other things I need to get through the semester. But for my Little Sister picking out these kind of things is still a lot of fun. And most of all I want to experience that again. I want to experience the child-like excitement of picking out the prettiest, most colorful notebooks we can find. Even though me or my Little Sister won’t be using the supplies we will know and learn together that it is going to end up in the hands of someone who will.