Match of the Month
By Michael Harpold
February 01, 2006
Ketchikan, Alaska - When I first met my "Little Brother"
Tyler, he had a new step-dad. Tyler was always feeling a bit
uneasy about his step-dad coming back from his long and frequent
trips. Early in our friendship, I learned that Tyler's stepfather
built plastic models for a hobby, but Tyler was afraid to ask
to build one; he felt he was too clumsy.
Little Moments. Big
Left to right: "Little Brother" Tyler and "Big
Brother" Mike at Ketchikan High School
Photo by Big Brothers Big Sisters Staff
Together, we worked on building a scale model of a tugboat, which
Tyler decided to name the Barbara T, after his mother.
Just in Time for Christmas, we wrapped it as a present for his
stepfather. We worked on many other models throughout the year,
all of which he took home to show his step-dad. Throughout, he
became more confident and over time, less anxious about his step-dad.
After summer vacation, Tyler told me that he and his step-dad
had started building models together.
Shortly after Tyler had finished
writing a new story in October, as usual, I offered to help correct
his spelling and grammar. Tyler told me no, he was going to work
on this one with his step-dad.
It was then that I felt a tremendous
sense of accomplishment and knew what being a "Big Brother"
was all about.
On behalf of all our "Bigs"
and "Littles," thank you for helping us to bring more
Little Moments and Big Magic into the lives of youth across Southeast
Alaska in 2006.
Sound like Fun? Join the Big
Brothers Big Sisters program. "Bigs" in the Ketchikan
Program meet with their "Littles" two to four times
a month and they do whatever interests both of them. Call 907-247-3350.
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