Calvin is... pretty effin great. I have a couple of bosses, but the big boss is so much more down-to-earth than I'd have ever imagined (+ she's a Jay-Z fan #points). Every interaction I have with her, I respect her so much more. She asked our entire department to dedicate a day to community service projects. I chose to work with kids with Free Arts NYC.
I wasn't... scared, really. I just knew. I knew that I don't have any children and any child in my possession is a nerve wracking ordeal. Sparing you the details of "kids will be kids" I can say, I learned a ridiculous amount of wisdom from a 7-year-old. I'd say she mentored me more than I did her.
The Free Arts NYC program we participated in takes place on Saturdays from 10am - 3pm and all you pretty much do is arts & crafts. *sigh of relief* It's brilliant because you don't really have to teach the kid anything... you simply get to spend time & that was what I found most valuable. Sometimes, all you need is someone to make you feel special. To look you in the eye when you're having conversation. My buddy & I talked about everything and nothing: School, art, birds, architecture, God. "Nobody is perfect," she told me as I tried to manage her and another 6-year-old (who was a boss). "Only God." She finished explained. I sat back and exhaled. I spent lunchtime trying to understand how this little girl understood. I was having a tough time, man. Dealing with another person's child is difficult, but in that, you see how beautiful children are. All they want to do is sit, laugh, glue & eat pizza... and make a new friend here and there. A bit of attention. Isn't that what we all need, though? Not only was this great for the kids, but this gave me a bit of outside time with my 9-5 family that I surely appreciated :) (#Secretly, I love my day-job.)