Have you noticed how much things have grown the last couple of weeks? I can’t keep up with the grass and the flowers and bushes have filled out into magnificent splendor. I thought the fig tree hadn’t made it—yes, they do grow in Idaho--but today it too has burst into leaf. It’s the season of growth.
As you mentor, you will see seasons of growth as well. Youth grow physically as well as mentally and emotionally. One week you might talk with a child and the next you’ll suddenly realize they have become a young adult. The mentoring stays the same. You show up and you listen. You remain consistent and caring and let the child or young adult guide. Remember you will generally be the last person to see the growth. Teachers, family, counselors will all see the change happening before you do.
Likewise, some of you may have a child like my fig tree. You might think you’re at a dead end. It might seem like there is no growth and you aren’t helping at all. They may seem completely shut down. If you can survive the wait, the season of growth will eventually arrive for that child as well.
Don’t give up on the impossible child—and yes, they too grow in Idaho.