When you think back to your first day of school, you probably remember the feeling you had more than anything else. Even if it was decades ago, you likely can recall the day, even if you can’t remember all of the details. After all, there was so much excitement involved in the day, from standing on the porch and getting your picture taken to the first time you saw your teacher.
Some children go through the first day of school without much of a problem. Other children, however, have a difficult time saying goodbye to their parents and facing the new friends they will have for many years to come. That was the case for Connor Crites, an 8-year-old boy from Kansas who was having a hard time on his first day of school. He was going to Minneha Elementary School in Wichita and he was having problems because he suffers from autism. He couldn’t handle the stress and was crying in a corner.
When Connor was faced with the sudden influx of new information as he was in a new environment he found it to be more than he could handle. He went into a corner and began crying, wishing it wasn’t so difficult to handle.
Many children would have probably ignored what they were seeing but that wasn’t the case for a classmate named Christian. He was also going into second grade and he went over to Connor and held his hand.
Courtney Moore, Christian’s mother was watching the scene and she took a picture of the two of them holding hands.
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.”
Moore posted it on facebook and it wasn’t long before Connor’s mother, April saw it.
“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,” Crites said
I guess we could all learn something from their example.