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Mark & Aaron

Mark & Aaron

Matched 2009
    Philadelphia County, PA

Big Brother Mark, and Little Brother Aaron have been matched together for over six years. We had the privilege of talking to Mark about his experience as a Big Brother, and we were so inspired by what he had to say that decided to share the whole conversation:

What has been your favorite/most meaningful memory with Aaron? What made it so special? There have been so many great moments, I can’t choose just one! I remember a ten-year-old Aaron literally dancing down the sidewalk outside Lincoln Financial Stadium after having watched his first Eagles game, saying, “This is the greatest day of my life!”  I remember my shock when I took Aaron fishing for the first time, thinking, “Well, this might hold his attention for all of five minutes, but then what do we do?” … and discovering an hour later that Aaron was still fishing – and loving it, even though we weren’t catching any fish!  But most of all, I remember Aaron’s love for his family, and how important it is to him at every BBBS family event that he spends time together with his brother and his sisters. He’s truly a believer in the idea that “family comes first.”

What lessons have you learned from your Little Brother? What have you learned about yourself through being a Big Brother? Hanging out with Aaron has reminded me about the importance of family – of sticking together with your loved ones through the good times and the bad.  Aaron’s family members are never far from his thoughts, and he draws strength and courage from them.  As for what I’ve learned about myself through being a big brother… I guess it’s that I actually can have a positive influence as a mentor. That doesn’t mean I need to spend all my time “teaching” Aaron – I rarely do that. It’s mostly about getting together with Aaron a few times a month and just being myself.  But I often see Aaron doing the same things that he’s seen me doing: holding the door open for the person walking in behind me at Wawa, stopping to pick up some garbage on the street and toss it into a garbage can, being careful to eat healthy food most of the time instead of junk food. So, yeah, I guess Aaron has shown me that I’m an okay role model for him!

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