Earlier this week I wrote a post about sisters are special. Today I want to write about friends are special too. Since my son’s illness, many of the parents of Luc’s friends have been dropping off meals every night. They know that I have been spending an entire day at my son’s bedside in the hospital. I am very moved by their kindness. Their actions remind me that compassionate children become compassionate adults.
Regarded as one of the greatest human virtues, compassion is an emotional response and attitude toward others that is deeply empathetic. It enables us to connect to human suffering with care and understanding, acting in ways that brings comfort to those around us. Research shows that compassion plays a key role in helping children develop into engaged, caring, and optimistic adults.
The old adage that says: Charity begins at home is so true. I think one of the best things we can do as parents is to encourage children to treat their siblings with love and respect. A child that learns early on to be a friend to a sibling can transfer that friendship to others. When my kids were young, I made sure they understood the importance of treating their siblings with respect and love. I helped my children figure out how to be a friend to each other. This strong belief is what led me to write My Sister Is My Best Friend as sisters that got along with one another.
I love what one reviewer wrote about the book:
“I like this book because it portrays sisters who get along and enjoy each others' company instead of being yet another one about sibling rivalry.”
Even in the face of a major illness, I was able to draw some positives to help my son understand and appreciate what true compassion is all about. He will be writing thank you cards for all who lovingly made meals. The blue cooler pictured below was filled with his favorite food. upon our arrival from the hospital on Saturday, we sat and ate a very healthy and robust lunch. The families insisted on providing us meals until Tuesday . I am abundantly blessed to live in a community with such compassionate individuals.