Thursday, October 6, 2011

Role Model AND Mentoring

Recently I was told by a friend that their son had to do an essay for school and in this essay they mentioned me. After reading his essay, I must say that it made quite happy and emotional to learn how I have affected them in a positive manner. I would like to share his thoughts with you. Here is the portion that mentions me.

"In my life, someone who best exemplifies a good friend and role model is my friend Dirk, actually Dirk is a family friend who has always treated me more like a peer than a child. We share a love of cottaging and fishing. He is a trustworthy adult. Over the years he has never let me down and I have always felt that I can ask questions that only adults can answer and he will never judge me and answer me honestly. I know he has my best interests at heart. He invites me and my family to his home and his cottage he takes me for fishing trips and we relate to each other really well. We both have the same sense of humour and we have the same personality, which is why we probably get along so well. I know I am lucky that his family and mine are good friends.

Dirk is also respectful. Considering that he is actually my parent’s friend, he never makes me feel like I am bothering him. He takes the time to explain things to me and doesn’t speak down to me when it takes more than a few times to make me understand things. He’s not condescending, and is an adult that treats me like my age. Also he is caring. Just like in the movie, I know we have differences but our common interests in the outdoors , our sense of humour and our families have created a bond for me with someone I know has my back. Next to my dad (who is my very best friend) I know I can count on Dirk for anything."

I never realized what an impact I have made on this youngsters life and I must say I am very prod of myself and the author of this amazing essay. Cheers.