Over the weekend I was invited to attend Girls Day which is a yearly activity day held by the Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas, NV. With this being their 32nd Celebration, I was very happy to be apart of such a great experience. I was invited by my big sister (in my head) Ms. Alicia Gibbs, Founder of EVibes and I brought along my dear friend Kelly J aka DJ Kelly J for the ride in which we both loved every bit of.
In case you aren’t familiar with Girls Day, let me fill you in. There is a designated day that hundreds upon hundreds of girls ages 7-12 spend 3 hours enjoying fun games and activities, food and prizes. For every girl, there is a lady volunteer that she is partnered up with. Upon arrival we sign in, grab our tshirts (this years color was pink. You know we love pink!), and from there we are lined up; adults in one line, girls in the other. The first girl and first adult are paired, second girl and second adult are paired, and so on until there is no more pairing to be done. Thankfully this year there were more volunteers than there were girls. There were so many games to play that me and my Girl of the Day didn’t get a chance to play them all but overall, that didn’t stop us from enjoying the time spent and the laughs shared.
For me, meeting Greta sparked something in me. When I first got paired with her, I could instantly tell that she was very shy. From the moment I spoke to her and she didn’t respond, I knew that all I needed to do was make her feel comfortable around me. I was a new face and quite frankly, she was probably taught not to talk to strangers like most young girls are. So how could I blame her for being shy, scared even. I was once her. I immediately held her hand and talked her ear off telling her about myself and my favorite colors, Disney characters, movies, food, games and things that she could possibly relate to. In this moment, I felt so alive. I wasn’t trying to impress her with my job title, what Community I lived in or even explaining why I don’t have a car and why I prefer it that way because I’m sure she wouldn’t care and what benefit could it be for a 7 year old? She wasn’t concerned about any image and for those 3 hours, I was able to tune out the outside world and tune into the mind of a 7 year old.
After the first 20 minutes of me rambling and smiling so hard at Greta, she began to warm up to me. I noticed she would reach for my hand first before I thought to and she would laugh at my attempts to be funny. I felt like a big sister. We played games together, had lunch, snow combs, popcorn and cotton candy. Got our faces painted, took lots of pictures and she even read to me. She was extremely intelligent for her age and impressed me more times than I can count. The moment she told me “This is the best day ever. I’m going to go home and tell my brothers and they are going to be so jealous. And I want to put our pictures on my framed cork board on the wall above my bed.” I realized that 3 hours of my time that I would have probably spent online searching the web, blogging or even running errands, could have possibly changed a little girls life. She probably feels as though I inspired her but she was the one to inspire me. I encourage you all to value your time and share it with those who’s lives you could possibly change.
I want to thank Alicia and the Boys and Girls Club for making my day one to remember. Until next year…