A Perfect Pair


She had known her since first grade…four years.  They were Lunch Buddies.  They laughed together, cried together and grew through the grades together.  The elder served as the constant…the rudder during rough times.  The child served as the ignitor of the spirit.  She represented hope and adventure and curiosity.  The pair was perfect together.  Now […]

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A Mom Needs To Mother


One of the most awesome phrases a child can hear from a mother is “everything is going to be okay.” Fear drops, loving arms embrace and a blanket of protection surrounds.  We have total trust knowing that Mom is going to make it all better. There are so many children in our area that have […]

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IMPACT?


“IMPACT”.  The formal definition out of the dictionary says it means, “the action of one object coming forcibly into contact with another.” But it is just a word with a text book definition. “Impact” in the world of lunch buddies is never forceful.  It is more like a drip of water on a stone.  If […]

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A Level Playing Field


He wanted to play.  On the field he was just like them.  The only grounds on which judgement was issued was on the ability to make the play. He was a PLAYMAKER. On the field he was not poor; not motherless; not a stutterer.  He was a part of something bigger than the quicksand of […]

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Paid In Smiles


“M” shared a story that answers the question so many volunteers get, “Why do you do it? “I have one hundred twenty plus buddies.  Over the past three years I’ve enjoyed visiting the second grade at my school.  I started visiting with one child at a time, but they kept moving away.   I had built a relationship with […]

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Fill The Need And The Need Is Filled

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When the story begins with “Once Upon a Time” the little girl always turns into the Princess.  The Prince becomes King.  And the story always ends with “And They Lived Happily Ever After.”  But when the real life story isn’t written by Grimm’s Fairy Tales or Disney Pixar, the world gets a lot less certain.  […]

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A Rough Day


The day was rough. Checkbook didn’t balance.  Mail was late. The car was low on gas and it was freezing cold outside.  The milk was a little ripe in the fridge and the mandatory grocery trip to Walmart loomed in the distance. The day was rough. The last thing she was in the mood to […]

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Not A Candy Heart


Flowers???  Chocolates???  Candies??? It is the month of red hearts and romantic cards.  Moms and Dads sit around tables and assist in turning shoeboxes into elaborate Valentine mailboxes.  Boys and girls receive goodie bags of treats and red pencils. In the upper grades nerves abound as the first “real” Valentines are given and chocolate hollow hearts […]

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“I’ll follow you anywhere…”


One of the greatest compliments one person can give another is “I’ll follow you anywhere.” That one sentence stands for trust, love, belief in a future. But it also means, somewhere along the journey, time and energy and true effort was put into building a relationship. We don’t follow people with whom we have no […]

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Who Knew?

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“A”€ felt badly.  Everyone had talked about how rewarding it was to have a Lunch Buddy.  He had heard stories of the wonderful children and how the volunteers were making real differences in their lives. So he signed up. Honestly.  He wasn’€™t crazy about it.  It was hard to admit but he really didn’€™t like […]

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