Being the new kid is never easy, and this proud dad showed how his son made someone else’s day a little bit brighter.
Ravi Kahlon is the British Columbia Minister of Jobs, Economic Recover and Innovation and father to a 10-year-old boy who made a big difference in someone’s life.
This pandemic has been hard on our Small and medium size businesses. We have grants available right now and businesses can apply today! These grants that don’t need to paid back. We are going to make it through this together❤️ #bcsmallbusiness https://t.co/9dUaBdrtYk https://t.co/2RI6YOZglZ— Ravi Kahlon (@KahlonRav) January 18, 2021
On Twitter, Kahlon shared a proud dad moment, one where he saw the positive effect his son’s actions had on another person.
Proud dad moment today. My 10yr old son saw a new kid sitting by himself. Another friend and he decided to hang out with him over lunch. He got this lovely note at the end of the day😢❤️ pic.twitter.com/b1MNgvMeK7— Ravi Kahlon (@KahlonRav) January 14, 2021
Kahlon’s son came home with a heartwarming note from a new student at his school. If you’ve ever been a new kid, you know how scary it is to enter into a world where friendships are already formed. You want people to like you, you want to make friends. Basically, you want anything that helps you feel less lonely.
For this particular student, their day wasn’t that lonely, thanks to Kahlon’s son and his friend. The two saw the student sitting outside by himself and took it upon themselves to hang out with him and make him feel welcome.
The gesture meant so much to the boy that he wrote what may possibly be the sweetest note of all time.
Fair warning to grab a tissue or six:
“Sitting with me outside felt better than anything,” the note read. “Thank you so much. I would like to ask you if I can start joining you guys outside.”
The letter also had a drawing of a sky with a rainbow and clouds.
People on Twitter were touched by Kahlon’s son. The tweet received 473.7K likes and 36.5K retweets. In the comments, people shared how they are raising their children to do the same.
👆🏻👆🏻👆🏻Exaxtly what I teach my kids...Some day, they may need someone (as a kid or adult) to reach out and offer friendship.— Garrett King (@KingGK72) January 15, 2021
Moved to tears by both of your stories. Really can’t stop crying. You should be so proud of your children - I’m sure you are. I’m overwhelmed by their kindness. It’s been a hard couple of weeks.— Robin (@robin71357) January 15, 2021
Parents of children who have been the new kid or often feel left out shared how much these small gestures mean to their kids.
My son was only diagnosed in April and is lonely. Your tweet gives me hope 🧡— ThatBev (@That_Bev) January 14, 2021
Yes!! My ASD son is in a Gen Ed class and anytime I was there, there was always one student who helped him pack his bookbag at the end of the day. (Mind you this kid was one of the most popular kids in class)— Elizabeth (@BethMarie_10) January 14, 2021
One woman shared a photo of her and the two people who reached out to her when she was the new kid. The three have since enjoyed four decades of friendship.
These days, kindness makes me cry. 😭— Harry’s Mom (@HardChick18) January 14, 2021
I love that your son and his friend welcomed someone new into their circle and I also love that his new friend showed them his heart, too.
I had a similar experience at 10...as the new kid...and here we are 4 decades later. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/35UMrIXjZV
Ravi Kahlon: B.C. Minister and amazing parent.