Wednesday, September 25, 2019

An Uplifting Back-to-School Story: Christian and Connor and a Viral Act of Kindness

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Hello everyone!  I hope you are doing well!

For today’s post, I thought it would be cool to do something related to going back to school. September is when students typically resume classes here in the States, and I’ve also been “back to school” in the form of some professional training I’ve undertaken. (The irony of my timing on that was not lost on me, but I promise, I didn't plan it that way. It's also why I now need more time between posts.)

Over the last several weeks, I’ve enjoyed all the pictures my friends have posted of their kids on the first day of school or heading to college, or pictures of how they're settling in. Some of those kids I have watched grow up, as proven by their parents posting side-by-side photos of the first first-day-of-school pic next to the current one. How has time flown so fast that kids I once knew as babies are now seniors in high school or even starting college?

Thank you for all of you who share their photos—it’s so fun to see your kids grow up.

I used to really love school when I was a kid. For one thing, I’d geek out about all the new school supplies, like pens and notebooks and Trapper Keepers—man, am I dating myself? Apparently they still make them, though—and for another, it was always great to see my friends again after a summer off.

But not everyone has a good time in school. Some may find it overwhelming, especially if they have any kind of sensory issues.

So I wanted to share this uplifting story about what one little boy did for another overwhelmed little boy on their first day of school. Check out this short video:

On the first day of school, Connor Crites started crying as he stood outside waiting to go into the building...until another little boy, Christian Moore, grabbed his hand and consoled him. Christian continued to hold Connor’s hand until the bell rang, then walked with him into the school.

Christian's mother posted a photo of the exchange on Facebook, and Connor's mom saw the post and responded “Tell your son I said thank you so very much! That little boy he helped is my son and is autistic.”

The story went viral, and the mothers were interviewed. Some things the two moms said really stood out:

“It doesn’t matter, you know, color. It doesn’t matter gender. It doesn’t matter disability. It doesn’t matter anything, just be kind, open your heart, and that’s what we need in this world.”
“One act of kindness can change someone’s life.”
“It can change the world; that’s all it takes.”

Amen to that, ladies!

I hope you enjoyed this story fitting the back-to-school theme. I love highlighting stories where kindness saves the day! It could have gone so differently: imagine if you were Connor and grew up with awful memories of your first day of school instead of the beautiful memory he will now get to cherish for the rest of his life! Same goes for Christian: he did good! I hope school continues to go well for both of them, especially knowing they have each other.

I hope your kids, if you have any, have settled back into their school routines happily. And if you’re like me and are also getting back into homework and classwork, much power to you! Because man... I'd forgotten how hard homework is! How did I do this every day before? 🤣 

Take care!

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