Today, she agreed to come along with me to purchase back to school items for my office and counseling program. We went to a teaching supply store, where she provided her almost-a-high-schooler opinion about borders, posters, and other decorative items. Her favorite item was a set of magnetic faces for my office white board! I enjoyed her delight in the toys and, after I had been rung up, I turned to find her intently building a house from magnetic shapes.
From there, we took a tour of IKEA after an obligatory stop for swedish meatballs, to collect a nature themed rug (see my previous blog post), a bunch of new puppets, and a list of items to add to my Counseling Wish List. Finally, we stopped at an office supply store to purchase binders and dividers so that I can get myself organized (I want to create a system similar to the one I saw in The Classy School Counselor's blog; once I am done, I will post).
Next week, my Little Sister has offered to help me put up bulletin boards and rearrange the furniture (you can see the "before" pictures in the post below). Then, she says, it's her turn to do a little back to school shopping of her own! I am so lucky to have her in my life. She reminds me that mentoring can be a powerful change agent… especially for the mentor!