Good Job, Little Man


Facebook photo by Courtney Moore

To the hard-hearted and determinedly if justifiably despondent: Sappiness Alert. Before plunging into the grim cauldron that is this week's news about the ravaging of democracy, decency and our precious, fragile, singular planet, here's a picture of - thanks to Raymond Carver - a small good thing. On the first fraught day of school at Minneha Elementary School in Wichita, Kansas, eight-year-old Christian Moore noticed that Connor Crites, also 8,  was stressed, frightened and crying; at the time, he didn't know Connor is also autistic. Because he's, to quote his mom Courtney Moore, "a kid with a big heart," Christian reached out, took Connor's hand, and led him into school with him. "I'm so proud of my son," said Moore, who recorded the moment of kindness and posted it on Facebook. "It is an honor to raise such a loving, compassionate child!"


Never Miss a Beat.

Get our best delivered to your inbox.

Connor's mother April Crites saw the post and responded in kind. "Tell your son I said thank you so very much!" Crites wrote, noting that Connor's autism makes her "worry everyday that he is going to get bullied for being different...Your son just absolutely warmed my heart. If there were more children like him I wouldn't worry about such things." Given the grim state of the planet, many people hungry for a glimmer of light responded to the post, and the women offered a sweetly humane moral message to them: "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's what we need in this world." Crites: "One act of kindness can change someone's life, can change the world - that's all it takes." So yeah: it's a miniscule moment, in normal times not worth noting. Next time, maybe a white kid will do this for a black kid. This week, the calamities will keep unfurling. Still. 

"He found me and held my hand, and I got happy tears." - Connor Crites

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news outlet. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Won't Exist.

Please select a donation method:

Share This Article