Masha and Lesha

Masha and Lesha

 My name is Masha, I am a little bit over 27 years old. I never had brothers or sisters of my own but over a year ago I met my Little brother – Lekha, 13 years old. 

Surely, I though throughmy decision to become a Big Sister, but still itis something you cannotprepare yourself for in advance. During the training I listened very carefully and made up a whole strategy on how I will build a relationship with my Little. It is only when I met the boy in person, I realized that he is very much like me at his age and neither he, nor I need any strategies for form a genuine friendship. We found out very fast what we like,what we don’t like and made plans for our activities together.
Our activities included drawing lessons, games, crosswords, logical games with cards for memory development.  I got a habit of constantly searching through book stores trying to find something exciting. I also looked for games in the Internet and started caring a photo camera with me all the time – as a result, my Little brother and I have lots of cool pictures! Lekha was also preparing for our meetings in his own way– he was keen on preparing hand-made presents for me on any occasion (or without). So now my apartment is full of children’s drawings and handicraft. Recently he even made a stool with his own hands!
Lekha had his birthday in October, so we prepared a birthday party menu and games for the guests. We made a big pirates-themed party with all the accessories – pirate hats, eye patches, fake beards, moustache and even a large ship.Lekha had a chance to engage in his favorite activity – he made lots of pictures!
Sometimes I bring him pictures which tell stories about my life and it helps us to find new things to talk about. I used to think that talking is easy, especially with a child. Butitturnedoutthatitisnot. “Howisschool? What’snew?” –thatisall. So I got an idea for us to start writingletterstoeachother. Real old-fashioned letters, on paper and in an envelope, telling what is happening with us every day, what is good and what is bad. It turned out to be a very entertaining activity and the letters are a great memory!
We learn a lot from each other – new words, new games, and new emotions. We make plans and try to implement them. Surely not everything gets accomplished, and many things require time, which we don’t always have. Or we don’t have patience. But everyone has friends, so making friends is simple and essential. We need friends. Why not be friends with a Little?
 

 

Vadim Menshov Director, Orphanage №8Vadim Menshov