This 6-Year-Old's Letter to President Obama Could Teach Us All a Lesson in Compassion
Meet Alex, the 6-year-old boy who wrote a letter to the President asking if a young Syrian refugee could become part of his family.
There's a lot we can learn from kids, and the story of a young boy who wrote a letter to President Obama offering up his home for a Syrian child is no better example of that.
Six-year-old Alex's compassionate take on a hot-button political issue was inspired by a photo he saw of a distressed young Syrian boy named Omran Daqneesh. The White House has posted a video of Alex reading his resulting plea to the President. In the letter, the boy asks Obama to please go get the child he saw, and bring him to his house.
Alex goes on to direct the leader of the free world to park on the driveway. Or in the street. Either way, he says he'll be waiting for them with flags, flowers, and balloons.
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"We will give him a family," Alex writes about the Syrian boy, adding that he can be his and his little sister Catherine's brother. Alex is even prepared to introduce his new "brother" to another Syrian boy at his school named Omar.
The most touching part of Alex's letter is his pledge to share his toys with a boy he hasn't even met. Because as any parent knows, sharing is not the easiest concept for a 6-year-old to master.
Incredibly, President Obama recently read Alex's letter at the Leaders Summit on Refugees. "He teaches us a lot," Obama said to the assembly. One thing is for sure: Alex's compassion is definitely worth emulating, no matter how old you are.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.