My son has a gift.
He makes friends with the friendless. He seeks out the loner, the child who is different, the one who needs a friend.
The Principal of our elementary school actually awarded him for his compassion. At the time, I didn't know the story behind the honor.
He befriended a special needs boy and become his personal guide. The teachers were touched by his selfless act and honored him for it. I asked him about it the other day, "What is it about this boy that made you want to be his friend?"
"Well. He smiles all the time. He's always happy, but he learns different and is loud sometimes. He needed extra help and I'm good at that. Plus, I needed a friend too," he shrugged.
My oldest daughter said, "Does he have Downs Syndrome?" (One of her dearest friend's has Downs Syndrome).
"No," he said and scrunched up his face, a bit confused by his sister's question. "I think he has Up Syndrome. He's always happy."
[Please note: I took the opportunity to encourage my kids to continue to love and accept children with special needs. I believe this is a conversation every parent must have].
Syndrome or not, it doesn't matter, he saw a boy who needed a friend and knew that was something he was really good at.
My son has taught me about friendship. Everyone needs a friend and everyone can be a friend. Friendship is just one of the many life lessons, facing fears is another.
What have your kids taught you about life? (or what have you learned about friendship?)
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