I love being a mentor to G. I became a mentor when someone recommended the Circle Program to me. I applied, was interviewed by Mary Joyce and was invited to camp to meet G. for the first time when she was eleven years old. During the five years we have been together, I have watched her grow into a beautiful, kind, talented, intelligent and caring young woman. I never had children of my own, and so I learned a little bit about what it is to be a mentor and friend to a young girl. I am so proud of her. She has faced many challenges, and she has listened to the many good guides in her life and now, this year, she was inducted into the National Honor Society.
G. has taught me to not give up, ever. She has always focused on her goals and worked hard to achieve them. She is diverse in her loves of music and art. She is a member of the Laconia High School Band and loves her job in a local art studio. She has been talking about college and her future since our first meeting and probably before that. She loves the sciences and is serious about her future career in biomedical research.
I love spending time with her! We have gone to concerts, skiing, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, my home to read and chill, and the many events organized by the Circle Program. The memory I love is the one of our visit to the Currier Museum where she saw her first Rembrandt. She turned to me and said, "Really? Rembrandt?". I said, "Really." She moved closer to the painting to see the brush strokes. Then she backed away to take in the painting as a whole. From then on, we were stepping up to and pondering at a distance, the art from Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh and more. We need go back, I think.
We only have one more year in the program, but we have made an unbreakable connection that we will never lose. Ever.