When you were a kid, you could feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. However, having someone you can trust by your side can quickly comfort you and make you feel better.
Courtney Moore recently uploaded a photo to Facebook of the moment her 8-year-old son, Christian, held his classmate Connor’s hand as the boy cried. The photo captured everyone’s heart and quickly went viral for all the good reason.
The young boy Christian saw Connor crying in a corner, so he went to console his classmate, grabbed his hands and walked him inside of the school.
“I’m so proud of my son,” Moore wrote on Facebook, sharing the sweet photo. “[He saw] a kid balled up into a corner crying, so he went to console him, grabbed his hand and walked him inside of the school! 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.”
The mother of Connor, April Cites, was touched by Christian’s gesture to her son. She sent Moore a text to show her gratefulness.
“Tell your son I said thank you so very much! That little boy he helped is my son and is autistic, 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,” she said.
“Thank you so much ma’am for raising such a wonderful child,” Connor’s grandparent wrote to Moore. “More parents need to teach their children how to be compassionate. Thank your son for me and my husband. That child he helped is (our) grandson and has autism.”
As it turned out, the reasons Connor cried because he had autism and he felt overwhelmed by the new environment.
“Before school, he was super excited to start the day. I wasn’t there so I can only guess what caused him to cry but he does get overwhelmed with too much going on around him or if it’s too noisy and he also has very strong emotions so when he is either upset or super happy it is usually expressed in tears,” Connor’s mom April told Bored Panda.
Moore said Christian and Connor are both unique in their own way, adding that her son struggles with speech as well. She hoped that the two would become best friends.
“I hope that this will be the beginning of a new friendship for both our boys. Your son was so sweet,” she wrote.
“You never know how influential one act of kindness can be on someone’s life,” Moore said in a Facebook post. “I give thanks to God for blessing me with wonderful children! Blessings come in many forms and God enables us to be a vessel of love!! More love and less hate.”
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