Tell Me Something Good – Manners and Mentorship
today i am so pleased to share a touching and meaningful ‘good story’ with you!
my father-in-law mark has been a “big brother” through the organization big brothers big sisters (his location is in northwest florida) since last may. when he first shared with us that he was going to apply to do this, everyone in our family thought this would be a great fit since my father-in-law is a man full of life experience, patience and wisdom that should be shared! little did we know just how big of an impact he would have on his “little brother.”
after the first two months of working together, mark was featured as the “big” of the month (so proud!) this is a piece of what was written about their relationship in the newsletter blurb:
“When interviewed by the case manager, Josh – was a timid and sweet child who reluctantly told the case manager that he was often picked on and didn’t have many friends. His mom reached out to request a strong male role model and someone to help Josh with his self-esteem and social struggles. Josh’s mom and grandmother are overwhelmed with the changes they have witnessed in Josh over the past two months.
He has learned table manners, eye contact, how to address people, and for the first time is saying positive things about himself. Mark has helped Josh conquer his fear of water and taught him how to swim. Josh says his favorite activity to do with Mark is to swim but he also says that he just likes to talk to Mark because it makes him happy. Mark is very humble when taking credit for Josh’s progress. He will say avidly that he gets more out of it than Josh does…”
i can’t tell you how that made my heart swell to read that! we got to meet josh when we visited last year in october and it was so great to see them interact. mark had been working with josh about table manners then we witnessed the 10 year old clear the table without being asked and then helped my husband and me with the dishes! it was super sweet and made me so proud of the impact they were both having on each other.
teaching josh table manners sparked an idea in mark. he thought others in the program could benefit from learning basic table manners that will stick with them through childhood, their adult life, business meetings and teaching their own children one day!
my proactive father-in-law talked with the fanciest restaurant in panama city beach, FL about a partnership of coming in, being served a fancy meal and then having an etiquette teacher come in and teach the skills. he put all this together and then EmCee’d it, with the help of josh! it was a raving success that not only created a great memory for the “bigs and littles” involved but also taught tangible skills that will be beneficial for a lifetime!
i’m curious, who taught you table manners? and of course…please tell me something good you have seen/heard/happened lately!
ps. get ready because on monday i’m going to be showcasing some of my personal jewelry that will be very affordably for sale!