By Kate Kinney, Mentoring Coordinator
It is obvious that Lacey and Doug have lots of fun together! Today when I joined them, they were busy making ‘Puffy Paint’. Made from equal parts craft glue and shaving cream, then adding color as desired. Stir and stir and stir; looked good enough to eat! As you can see from the photo, they painted a couple of really nice pictures together once the puffy paint was made. Someone made a really good choice, matching these two. Doug’s second major in college was art and Lacey says that she LOVES art. In fact, her favorite thing to do during the mentoring sessions is Arts and Crafts. They were being very experimental, with different brushes and different textures with the paint, how can you help but love it?
Doug confessed that he learned about Puffy Paint on YouTube and we all agreed that YouTube is a great website, where you can learn to do all kinds of things.
Other things they like to do together are playing Uno and Puzzle Stories. In the Puzzle Story, you read a story and then find the ending by putting a puzzle together. Sounds intriguing! They have made slime before and Lacey does not need a recipe because she has it all memorized. Since I have not made slime before I had a few questions and learned that it can be kind of like play dough. You can stretch it, squeeze it, play with it. And if you want to save it when you are done, you need to store it in a sealed container.
Lacey told me a bit about herself. She is in third grade this year and she really likes it, in part because of the two fish in the classroom, Flash & Chomps. She says that they have to watch the growth of the fish carefully, because at some point, one will eat the other! Lacey told me that she has 4 siblings, a dog, and a mom and a dad at home. She thinks it is the perfect family and would not want it any other way.
Lacey also has a birthday coming up this month and she’s excited that Doug’s birthday is the day before hers. She’s hoping to share cupcakes on that day to celebrate their birthdays, because it just so happens that her birthday is on mentoring day this year.
I think that Doug was simply destined to be a mentor. He says that year after year he was asked to join. Finally, last year he decided that he could commit to the time. He is very happy that he did. Although he and Lacey are such a good fit, there is one thing that they just cannot agree on. When I asked them, what was the best part about the mentoring time, Lacey said, “Seeing Doug”. But Doug disagreed. He says the best thing is “Seeing Lacey”. Oh well, cannot always agree on everything!
Doug explained that it is really important to him to spend the time with Lacey every week, even with his very busy schedule. But he appreciates that Lacey is flexible. If one week, Doug cannot get there on his regular day, he calls in and reschedules for the next day. When he told me that, Lacey immediately said, “That’s what I really like about you.” Apparently, both of them would really be disappointed if they could not have their time together each week.