Ally couldn’t pin down a favorite thing she’s done with Lori, instead saying, “There were lots of things I liked.” Ally added that she was just as happy playing with Legos at Lori’s house as she was going to the movies.
Lori, however, said her favorite activity would have to be dressing up and going to see “The Nutcracker” for Christmas. Lori mentioned that she and Ally didn’t get to spend much time together over the holidays due to the extreme weather. Both Lori and Ally said their first time back together after the holidays was special because they missed each other.
When asked why she became a mentor, Lori said, “I was a big sister to a teenager in Bloomington. When I settled down in Greensburg, I decided I wanted to do it again, from the beginning. I love the time I spend with Allison. I love reading with her and watching her grow, learn and blossom.”
Ally said she would like to become a big sister when she is older because she would like to “spend time with someone and help them.”
Lori said she plans to continue mentoring. She and Ally have promised to stay in contact with each other through their lives, updating each other with the triumphs and sorrows that come along with living.
Many changes have occurred in Ally since being involved in BBBS. Lori said she has seen Ally’s reading improve. She also said Ally was shy when they were first partnered, but has since gained confidence and is shy no longer. Ally’s New Year’s resolution was to learn to ride her bike without training wheels, which the duo plan to start working on when the warmer weather returns.
The big/little sister relationship has been beneficial to both women. Ally said she loves being a little sister because, “I get to have fun… and go swimming.”