When Christian Moore saw Connor Crites, who has autism, crying alone on the first day of school, he took the second-grader’s hand and held it until they both walked into school.
Boy, 8, comforts fellow second-grader on first day of school
Kind-hearted eight year-old Christian Moore was pictured helping calm a distressed classmate mate with autism on their first day back at school. Christian held Connor Crites hand after noticing the other boy crying as they awaited the start of class in Minneha Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas, earlier this month.
A quick gesture turned this little boy’s whole day around
Two elementary school boys began the new school year with a lesson in kindness. — reports KAKE News
"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," says Christian’s mom, Courtney Moore.
What 8-year-old Christian Moore didn’t know that day is that Connor is autistic. He was overwhelmed with everything going on around him at Minneha Elementary School.
"I fear everyday 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," says mom, April Crites.
It was a moment in time, captured…and now capturing the hearts of strangers all over the Internet. But to the boys, it was simple.
"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," says Connor Crites.
Christian didn’t see Connor as different…a message their moms, and many others, are taking from this.
"It doesn’t matter color, it doesn’t matter gender, it doesn’t matter disability, and it doesn’t matter anything, just be kind, open your heart… it’s what we need in this world."
No words spoken, just a quick gesture…turned this little boy’s whole day around.
"One act of kindness can change someone’s life, can change the world. That’s all it takes."
A life lesson learned from two 8-year-old boys…
"He found me and held my hand and I got happy tears"
They say, it’s really as simple as this…