Emerson is so compassionate.
I was talking with him after school last week about his day, as we normally do, when he asked me if I could buy him more glue sticks. "I'm out!"
That seemed strange to me. I stood with my hands in the dish water trying to remember back to the school supply list, running down the list repeatedly in my mind until I realized he started the school year with nine jumbos.
"Wow, Emerson. You must be doing a lot of projects! I think you had nine glue sticks," I say.
He chuckles. "No, Mom. I didn't use them all. I gave them to all my friends who didn't have any."
I rinsed a bubble glass making sure not to chip it. Josh and I were down to just two of the glasses we were given as a wedding gift when I found the exact same pattern at Home Goods. They were $9 for sixteen glasses, eight tall and eight short. Remarkable. I bought two boxes hoping they will last us.
"Oh, you gave them to your friends?.........I am very proud of you for doing that. I will get two more when I go shopping."
"I'll keep them this time."
Yesterday he told me the sweetest story on our way to pick Ida up from after school cheer leading.
"Today I chased Nick on first recess. But, I also included other friends in my playing. Mrs. Wolf told me that Kaden was upset because he didn't have anyone to play with and she wondered if I would play with him. I was totally okay with that. Kaden didn't want to play chase though. He wanted to swing. I was okay with that too. I was on the swings with him until he felt comfortable and decided to chase. Then we chased together. It was great. I asked him if he wanted to play during second recess and so we did the same thing. But this time he didn't need to swing because he was already comfortable."
I am so proud of Emerson and the way he shows empathy toward other kids.