What it Means to be a BIG

How long have you been a Big?

Addy: This is my first year being a "big," but I've been involved with the BBBS program for two years now.

Why did you chose to become a Big?

Addy: I chose to become a big because I remember when I was younger and admired older kids, and I want to be that positive influence for my little, Dezire.

What have been a few highlights of being a Big?

Addy: There are a lot of great things about being a big, but my favorite is when she doesn't want to go home because we're having so much fun together. We're a lot of the same person, so we like to listen to music and talk about everything, which is so fun for both of us we don't want it to end. I love seeing Dezire's personality come out a little more each time we're around each other, whether it's her telling me she doesn't like my music or what she wants to do for our next big/little date.

Being a big has changed me because it reminds me to forget the small stuff and focus on the bigger picture: just enjoying life.

How has your relationship with your Little changed you? How has it changed her?

Addy: Being a big has changed me because it reminds me to forget the small stuff and focus on the bigger picture: just enjoying life. Since becoming a big, I've become a lot more aware of all the fun opportunities there are to experience throughout the community, partially because I want to take Dezire to do these things. I'm being a kid again while growing up at the same time, and it's an experience that is reminding me life is too short to dwell on the small stuff and I need to fit in all the fun stuff I can.

I'm not sure how the experience has changed Dezire yet, but I hope it's helping her see the fun in life, too.