Fall days. The start of a new school year. The beginning of a new season of favorite shows, on all four channels.
I remember coming home from school those early fall days to my mother’s steamy kitchen. After she had spent the day canning a variety of fruit preserves and vegetables, necessary to feed a tableful.
I have fond memories of getting out of supper clean-up if I carried the jars to the basement and organized them on the shelves.
Ironically, it always took me about 15 seconds longer than it took for the others to clean-up.
Like mom, I have been busy canning, using some of the same methods and tools as my mom did. The actions, smells, steam ... I can shut my eyes and feel like I’m back in her kitchen trying to get out of clean-up. What I didn’t realize until much later was that those everyday memories are what sustain us through difficult times.
We hear that same nostalgic sentiment from our adult Littles. Their favorite memories of being with their Big are the simple times of doing something that seems so ordinary to the Big, yet becomes so extra-ordinary for our Little. Baking cookies. Changing oil. Building a bench. Those skills shared become skills they use. Those words of encouragement that are easy for our Bigs to share are then replayed throughout the Littles’ lives.
Science shows that these types of interactions change the child’s brain. It’s as simple as that. And it’s as necessary as breathing. Thank you for stepping up and choosing to work with us to stand with kids. We can’t do it without you, and your good will help sustain our kids throughout their lives. Now THAT is something to preserve. Gotta go, the newest