Sue Morphew and Caleb Sharar share something special.
Sue will write a note in a notebook and give it to Caleb who writes a note back. It's a journal, a diary, a record, and even, at times, a way for them to express themselves - even if it's not always happy.
Sue is a Kinship mentor and Caleb her mentee. And they both enjoy sharing not just a notebook, but lots of great times together.
Through the mentoring program of Kinship, Sue Morphew and Caleb Sharar have become good friends.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
A little over a year ago, Kinship of Emmet County joined forces with YMCA Kinship in Spirit Lake. Together, the bigger, stronger Kinship is able to offer kids a lot more activities and opportunities for personal enrichment and growth.
And Caleb and Sue are enjoying every minute together.
Interestingly, Caleb and Sue share a lot of interest. Caleb enjoys watching movies - and Sue does too. And together they made several blankets that Caleb is giving for gifts - one for his newborn cousin, one for his sister, one for his brother and one for himself.
She has also worked with Caleb making dream catchers and bluebird feeders.
They've also participated in a number of group outings, including a trip to King's Pointe Outdoor Waterpark in Storm Lake, Washington Pavillion in Sioux Falls, S.D., a Sioux Falls Pheasants baseball game and a trip to Bridges Bay Resort in Okoboji.
And Caleb is busy. Sue said this year he has rabbits and a heifer at the Emmet County Fair as well as lots of projects.
"He's a busy boy," Sue observed, adding that Caleb is going to two camps this summer - a church camp and to Camp Foster.
They've also made origami insects and rollerskated with the Kinship group. Caleb also takes violin lessons and goes camping at the Lakes with his mom and dad. This year they're going to northern Minnesota and next year to Montana.
"He's a good little reader," Sue observed, saying Caleb likes to choose his own books.
Caleb's not afraid of work, either. He likes detasseling corn. And among his other hobbies are collecting shells, rocks and arrowheads.
It was June 1, 2011, when Sue and Caleb first formed their Kinship partnership. And they both want to continue. It's been a rewarding and enriching experience for them both, and it's something neither of them would want to miss out on.