The first day of school can be scary for anyone. You’re unsure if you’ll make friends or not. Will your fellow classmates tease you? Will you find someone to sit with during lunch and play with at recess? It’s terrifying, but every now and then, you hear stories of sweet young children who make sure their fellow classmates have a friend.
Eight-year-old Christian Moore befriended a classmate with autism on the first day of school. When he noticed the classmate was by himself, he knew he had to step up and show how compassionate other people can be.
Too Much To Handle
It was a busy first day of school for students at Wichita, Kansas’ Minneha Elementary School. Students were lined up at the school’s front door, many of them eager to start another year of school. But for 2nd grader Connor Crites, it was an entirely different experience. Crites, who is on the Autism spectrum, panicked over the hustle and bustle at school and started crying. The day was too much for him to handle.
Luckily, Moore, also a 2nd-grade student, noticed Crites and he immediately became concerned. He didn’t want his fellow classmate to be teased for his behavior, but he also wanted to comfort him. So, he approached Crites and offered to hold his hand to make him feel better. It was a simple, kind gesture and it didn’t go by unnoticed by others.
Proud of her son, Moore’s mother, Courtney Coko Moore, took a sweet picture of the new friends and shared it on her Facebook page. She commented, “He seen a kid balled up into a corner crying, so he went to console him, grabbed his hand, and walked him inside of the school!”
She continued, “It is an honor to raise such a loving, compassionate child. He’s a kid with a big heart, the first day of school started off right.” Moore’s simple act of kindness went viral on social media. Facebook users commented that it’s unusual today to see someone go out of their way to help someone they don’t even know.
Crites’ mother also found the viral post and wanted to make sure Moore knew her family was thankful for his generosity. She said, “I worry every day that he is going to get bullied for being different and your son just absolutely warmed my heart. If there were more children like him, I wouldn’t worry about such things.” Crites’ grandmother added, “More parents need to teach their children how to be compassionate.”
Friends From Now On
While other people might have noticed Crites was “different,” the thought never occurred to Moore. All he saw was a child his age who was overwhelmed and scared. He knew Crites needed a friend, so he decided to be his friend. It was that easy.
Crites explained, “He was kind to me. I was in the first day of school and I started crying. Then he helped me, and I was happy. He found me and held my hand and I got happy tears.” The rest of us have happy tears, too.
Moore’s act of kindness proves that it doesn’t matter what your disability is or the color of your skin— you’re not less than anyone else. It is possible to set aside differences and befriend a stranger, especially if they’re stressed. Moore changed Crites’ life, in the smallest way, and they’ll forever have a bond they can’t have with someone else.
If you’re looking for life advice, learn from Crites. It’s very simple. He says, “Be nice.” It’s that easy. More people need to learn from him, and hopefully, they do. Everyone should view their peers as innocently as eight-year-old children see the world.
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