One of the best parts of reducing the hours I work is that I have more free time to do with as I please. For the last couple of months that free time has been spent on regaining a little bit of myself that I felt had gotten lost along the way. Now I feel ready to do a little more.
Once a week you go to the school at a pre-set time and spend an hour with the child you have been matched up with. I figured that one hour a week would not be particularly taxing on all the free time I now have and I really like the idea of being an "aunty" (for want of a better word) to a child who needs someone to invest a little bit of time and attention in them.
The school has matched me up with a little nine year old boy named Blake - this week is my first time with him and I am quite excited. I don't think it will be too hard to fill an hour with talking and craft (although that might be a bit of a strain considering my AntiCraft tendencies - but I can make an exception to the rule in this case.) We might even get around to doing some cooking or playing some board games as the weeks progress - I'll have to do a refresher on snakes and ladders and Chinese checkers!
From what I gather, Blake feels a bit lost and left out and he just needs someone who is stable and will be there just for him each week. What a blessing to be that person and to be able to make a small difference in his life. I'm really hoping and praying that we will hit it off and have fun and he will feel valued and loved. It's quite a responsibility investing in the life of another human being and I feel honoured to have that opportunity - what a great way to use some of my time now that I have it in abundance.
This post was part of the #1word blog linkup - this week's word was "whisper"