The Reddish couple have been married for seven years. Brian Reddish was in the Air Force and now works as a financial analyst for ConAgra. Linda Reddish is an early childhood specialist. The couple became interested in mentoring two years ago, and worked with the Midlands Mentoring Partnership to find the right mentee for them.
On Saturday morning, Brian and Linda Reddish made the short trek from their Bellevue home to the neighborhood park. Both mentors are part of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Brian chases after his Little Brother, Jaxson, as they cross the bridge over the creek to the playground. Earlier that morning, 7-year-old Jaxson came over and the trio made pigs in a blanket. Brian takes turns pushing Jaxson on the swings while Linda talks to the boy about school.
“I had a tough home life growing up,” Linda Reddish said. “I had someone who saw something special in me, and I wanted to be that someone for another kid who could use the help.”
Brian Reddish said he was motivated because he wanted to do something different, and helping a child seemed like the best thing to do.
The pair hang out with Jaxson when they can, and help him with his spelling homework, among other things. During weeks they can’t meet, they videochat through Skype. Jaxson used to have trouble with spelling as a school subject, but Linda Reddish said he now gets 100 percent on his tests.
“I feel like it has expanded my knowledge about life, and made me a better person,” Brian Reddish said.
Jaxson said he has enjoyed spending time with the couple.
When asked by Brian Reddish what his favorite thing about having a Big Brother and Big Sister was, Jaxson said brownies and ice cream.
“I have a lot of fun with them, I’m glad they’re my Big Brother and Big Sister,” Jaxson said.