It was my first Best Buddies meeting today. I was honestly really excited to see what kind of activities the club did. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, let me explain: Best Buddies is a club where students help and build friendships with students who have intellectual disabilities. These people are often outcasted and misunderstood, so it’s the job of Best Buddies to show them they have a friend!
At the meeting I ended up talking to one of the buddies named Jacob. I had always seen Jacob everywhere around school and he always made me happy just looking at him. Smile on his face, walking like nothing even matters; he is the epitome of a happy person. Despite his disability, he lives on, with a smile. I got to know him well: his birthday is July 20th, favorite basketball team is the Lakers and Clippers, favorite baseball team is the Angels, and he also believes he doesn’t have the ability to draw! After talking to him at lunch, I felt so HAPPY! Seeing his face light up the moment he realized I was taking interest in him was priceless.
I’m extremely excited for the days to come. I signed up to be a Peer Buddy and my interview is Friday. (Peer Buddy: a Best Buddies member that is paired up with one buddy to develop a yearlong friendship with them). Wish me luck! (: