A dad saw his son's project on the school wall at a school night event. His little boy had filled out the questionnaire, and there was a single answer that made the dad's heartache. The dad snapped a picture of the painful answer and posted it online. He also penned a heartfelt message that he hopes everyone will share.
Bob Cornelius read his son Christopher's homework paper. The 11-year-old had to answer questions such as the name of his teacher, the name of his family members, the name of his favorite food, sport, show, song, etc. One question asked for the name of some of his friends.
Christopher answered, "No one."
"For those of you who don’t know, my youngest son, Christopher, is on the autistic spectrum," said Cornelius.
"He’s never had a friend... Ever... He just turned eleven," Cornelius writes.
Cornelius explains that kids aren't taught early enough to be accepting and to embrace others with differences. His heart breaks for his son who sees his brother with friends, but has never had his own. He hopes other parents will share his letter, and talk to their kids about including others who seem to always be alone.
“And I don’t have a solution. I don’t have an answer. The reality is that I have to rely on the compassion of others to be incredibly understanding in order just to sit next to him, attempt to engage him, and make him feel included,” Cornelius writes.
The father’s poignant plea is a reminder that there are a lot of lonely kids out there who need to feel included. It can take just one person willing to reach out to change their whole world.
Source: Inspire More
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This is so sad.