We spend an ungodly amount of time teaching our kids how to be functional little humans but are frequently reminded that we can learn a heck of a lot from them as well. It’s almost laughable that a kid who’s left the house with his sock over his shoes can teach me something, and yet it happens almost daily (the teaching thing, not the shoe thing thank goodness). Kids are filled with lessons on humanity and kindness, making observations that we’ve never considered simply because they spend their days soaking in as much of the world as humanly possible.
We do our best to impress upon our kids the importance of helping others, but empathy itself is almost impossible to teach. When taking their six kids out to lunch, Amy and Robert Wadford saw firsthand just how deeply empathetic their 2-year-old son Brekken truly was.
Amy and Robert were likely hoping for a (relatively) quiet dinner out, but when Brekken noticed a man sitting and eating his dinner alone, the little boy insisted upon joining him. Brekken’s parents, perhaps longing for the days when they could have a quiet solo meal, tried to get their young son to leave the man to eat in peace – but Brekken was having none of it.
Brekken became so insistent that he simply had to eat dinner with the lone stranger that his parents’ “no”s left him distraught. To avoid a scene, Brekken’s mom began to take him out to the car when she was stopped by none other than the diner himself. Apparently, Brekken had made his plea loud and clear to the point where even the man himself knew the subject of the little boy’s meltdown. Rather than let his tiny advocate be sequestered, he extended an invitation.
“Brekken instantly stopped crying and sat and ate chips and salsa and had conversation with him until he was ready to go,” Amy wrote in her now-viral Facebook post. “Brekken was completely content and told him bye like he had known him his whole life. It’s the small things! So, if you know him, please tell him again I said thank you. He didn’t have to do what he did but completely made Brekken’s whole day.”