Touched by what a little boy did for her son, the mother said, "I worry everyday that he is going to get bullied for being different and your son just absolutely warmed my heart."
When worried parents send their kids to school, they can only hope that their child comes back home learning what they need to know. But sometimes, the biggest lessons that a child learns are not inside the classroom, but in playgrounds and parks when they see someone in need and it brings out the best in them.
On the first day of school at Minneha Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas, 8-year-old Christian stepped up to make things easier for Connor and turned his day around.
Courtney Moore, Christian's mother who captured the moment, 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."
Filled with pride, Courtney Moore shared the moment on Facebook and 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."
April Crites, Connor's mother, shared a message with Christian's mother and said, "Tell your son I said thank you so very much! 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."
At the time, Christian had no idea that Connor was autistic. All that the young boy saw was a boy who was afraid and needed a helping hand.
Young Connor said, "He was kind to me. I was in the 1st day of school and I started crying then he helped me and I was happy," according to Kake.
"He found me and held my hand, and I got happy tears," Connor said, as reported by wpxi.
April Crites is grateful for the kind act that Christian was able to show her son. "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," the mother said.
A Facebook page called 'Christian & Connor Bridging The Gap' was later created for "Taking a stand against bullying, violence and racism. Our goal is to bring peace & unity through our campaign, to shed positive light through acts of Kindness and love. There is no color in love!"
To show a bit of compassion, differences certainly don't come in the way. “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,” April Crites said, according to The Western Journal.
One can never tell how impactful a generous act can be and to brighten up someone's day, all you need to do is reach out.
Courtney Moore said, "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."