When an 8-year-old boy from Kansas saw one of his classmates crying in the corner, he didn’t hesitate to help.
Now people are praising the young boy for having more compassion in his little body than most adults. On August 14, mom Courtney Moore sent her children off on their first day of school.
It was her son Christian’s first day of second grade. And it wasn’t long before Christian made his mom incredibly proud.
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…
She explained 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 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.
Shortly after posting the photo of Christian holding Connor’s hand, it went viral with over 43,000 likes and 27,000 shares.
Eventually, the photo made its way to the parents and the grandparents of the little boy who Christian was consoling. Both the mom and the grandmother left comments on Courtney’s post thanking both of them for kindness.
Connor’s mom April Crites wrote:
Tell your son I said thank you so very much! That little boy he helped is my son and is autistic, I worry everyday 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.
While his grandmother added:
Thank you so much ma’am for raising such a wonderful child. More parents need to teach their children how to be compassionate. Thank you son for me and my husband…that child he helped out is our grandson and has autism.
Courtney said she was in tears over the comments and asked others to use her son’s story as inspiration, saying “you never know how influential one act of kindness can be on someone’s life.”
Now, as Courtney told Crites, she hopes this moment between Christian and Connor will be the start of “a new friendship.”