As a first year mentor I did not know what to expect. I remember traveling to meet my Circle Girl for the first time; I was nervous and excited at the same time. I wondered what we would talk about, what we would do, would we have anything in common or will she even like me? All those feelings went away as soon as I was introduced to D. We instantly bonded.
Since our first meeting we have been able to spend quality time with one another sharing lots of laughs. We went shopping; having had boys, I never knew one could spend over an hour in Claire's. We've gone to movies, gone to get pedi's, gone to school events, gone out to eat; did you know only the 99 has steak on the menu? What I have valued most is spending time with our families.
Last weekend D. and I sat down using the Deeper Conversation Topic suggestions provided to the mentors at a mentor meeting. We choose two topics of the many provided, sharing our stories with one another. It's amazing how much more you can learn about someone when you talk about specific topics. We also talked about our Sparks, by the time we were done D. shared 7 of her sparks with me and at the top of the list was being on stage. I already had that figured out from the time we have spent together. I encouraged her to look into if the school offered drama, when she could join and when the next show was so we could go. I told her about going to Boston to see Rock of Ages and how much I enjoyed the show. It's going to be showing in Manchester at the Palace Theatre, that is now on our list of must do's.
Having D. in my life has given me a new lease on life. She is a breath of fresh air. At times I ask myself who is there for whom. In the end, having D. in my life, I truly feel it was meant to be. I look forward to being there for D. sharing in the precious impressionable years ahead.