"He was kind to me. It was in the 1st day of school and I started crying then he helped me and I was happy," said Connor Crites of Christian's sweet gesture.
The first day of school is pretty stressful for most kids, however, some are lucky enough to find a friend who makes it easy to glide through the day comfortably. An 8-year-old from Wichita, Kansas decided to be that pal for a nervous boy. It was the first day of school at Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary when a boy named Christian saw a fellow student crying in one corner. In the effort of making it a little easier for him, Christian held his hand and that's when his mother, Courtney Moore spotted him and clicked several photos of the two.
Sharing this heartwarming moment on Facebook, Moore wrote: 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 🥰💙🥰 Minneha Core Knowledge Elementary. The pictures were making the rounds of the internet in no time. More than 29,000 people liked the photographs and over 20,000 users shared the sweet moment of compassion.
What Christian, a second-grader, wasn't aware of was the fact that the kid was autistic. The hustle-bustle of the first day at school had overwhelmed him leading to his emotional outburst. Luckily the picture caught the attention of the mother, April Crite, who expressed her gratefulness through a comment. It read: 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 be 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.
Sharing a screenshot of this comment, Moore wrote: Wow, I’m literally teary eyed reading the comments from the mother and grandmother of the little boy whom my son helped on the first day of school. You never know how influential one act of kindness can be on someone’s life. 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 ❤️❤️❤️
According to ABC affiliate KAKE, Crites shared how much she fears for her son being different from the others. "I fear every day that someone is going to laugh at him because he doesn't speak correctly, or laugh at him because he doesn't sit still or because he jumps up and down and flaps his hands." When her son, Connor Crites,8, was asked about the incident, the innocent soul simply said, "He was kind to me. It was on the 1st day of school and I started crying then he helped me and I was happy."
Now the two of them are best of friends according to Moore. Recalling the incident, she said, "I saw him on the ground with Connor as Connor was crying in the corner and he was consoling him. He grabs his hand and walks him to the front door. We waited until the bell rang and he walked him inside of the school. The rest is history. They have an inseparable bond." In another post, the Moore mentioned how this special moment was indeed the work of divine power. Reminding parents that "children are not our own" she explained how "they belong to God" who merely "entrust many of us parents to watch over them and to guide them." Furthermore, she wrote: I am a proud parent but this moment is not about me, it’s about God, he used Christian and Conner as a vessel to restore hope for our nation that we all can be united again. No parent is perfect, parenting is a task that will never be perfected. We live and learn from our mistakes and grow through them. 📝 “It takes a village to raise a child,” read the post.
Facebook users from all over the world flooded the comment section with words of praise for the little boy's act of kindness which brightened Connor's day. Appreciating this, Penny Smith wrote: Miss Courtney, you have instilled something very special in raising your son, compassion, empathy, and most of all, Love. Bless you and BIG hugs for Christian and Conner. Also for Miss April for raising Conner in a very special way to accept help, compassion and love. You ladies continue raising them this way and you will have raised so very special gentlemen. Bless you all. While Susan DeSanti wrote: God bless you and keep raising your son so he shows his big heart in how he acts. You are good people!