Caroline and Buddy

Caroline and buddy

Under the current circumstances that we are living in due to corona virus, I knew it would be difficult to see my buddy. I’ve known my buddy for almost a year. When we meet, we go on walks, play board games, eat ice cream or play basketball. Many of these activities can’t happen without being together.

My buddy’s mom contacted me last week letting me know my buddy had been asking about me. My buddy had been stuck at home already for 2 weeks and I had been on a trip, so we’d hadn’t seen each other in a while. I knew my buddy could use a pick-me-up. I texted back and forth with her mom and came up with some great ideas of what she and I could do together over Skype.

Listed below are a few activities we came up with:

  1. A craft
  2. Drawing
  3. Dance party
  4. Writing a card to a friend
  5. Pictionary
  6. 20 questions

We decided to create a birthday card for my buddy’s friend. Before the call I had all my art supplies (markers, glitter, etc.) together and a lot of blank printer paper. I accepted the call and we got down to business. Together we wrote Happy Birthday showed our progress on camera, compared colors, and fonts. Then we decided what else we would add. We talked about what happens at birthday parties and what people get at them. We drew a cake and presents and a picture of her friend.

This whole process was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I was skeptical at first, but if you plan it out, ask the buddy parent to assist, and just go with the flow the result is awesome! I loved making a connection with my buddy. Seeing her happy face and feeling good myself is what mentoring is all about. Next up, SLIME!

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