Wednesday, April 27, 2005
My Little Sister
In my previous blogs, I've mentioned Maria and a blogger pal asked who is Maria? I realized I never got around to answering that question. So here's the story. I mentored Maria for 8 years through a mentoring program here in Houston, which is called Big Brothers, Big Sisters. So biologically, Maria is not my little sister but after watching her grow up for 8 years she might have well have been. Maria's mother died of cancer when she was 8 and we were matched when she was 10. Within the first year of our match she and I were highlighted in a United Way Commercial. In fall of 2003, I was awarded the Big Sister of the Year and Maria wrote a very touching poem which was framed and presented to me by the agency and a memento that I treasure dearly and hangs in my office. The above picture is one of my favorites of Maria as it was taken on the evening of the gala where I was honored.
Today, Maria is a freshman at college and unfortunately I don't get the chance to see her very much these days but we do speak on occasion. She's all grown up and moved on and made a new life for herself. For the broken winged bird that I nurtured finally realized she could fly and fly she has and I wish her joy in her adventures. I miss you Maria and the times we spent and no matter the miles or the distance between us I will always be your loving Big Sister.