It’s back to school time. Kids and parents are excited, nervous, and wondering how everyone will adjust to the challenges of the new year. For some parents of children with special needs, this time can feel especially fraught.
But for kids like Christian Moore of Wichita, heading back to school is a chance to show little ones who struggle that they have a friend. Moore’s mother, Courtney, was taking photos of her child’s first day and managed to capture a special moment that has gotten over 4,000 likes and reactions on Facebook.
I’m so proud of my son, he seen a kid balled up into a corner crying, so he went to console him, grabbed his hand and…
Christian, who is eight, saw fellow classmate Connor having a hard time. Connor, who is autistic, was crying in the corner and Christian went right over and comforted his classmate.
“I’m so proud of my son,” said Courtney Moore in the caption. “he seen a kid called 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.”
April Crites, Connor’s mother, thanked Christian for his kindness.
“Tell your son I said thank you so very much,” she commented on the post. “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.”
Courtney responded by saying that her son “has difficulties with his speech and they are both unique in their own special way. I hope that this will be the beginning of a new friendship for both of our sons.”
“This is so beautiful! My heart is so happy for both of those kids!!! You are an amazing mama and the world needs more like you!!!!!” said one commenter.
“What a kind, empathetic child you are raising! Many people in this world could learn to be more like him,” said another.
Moore was overwhelmed by the positive reactions and shared that she hopes her son’s kind actions will help “bring change to the world, putting an end to racism and to bring people together in unity.”
“There is no color in love, change starts from within.”