Jul. 13, 2012 at 8:46am
Think three year olds can't show empathy and compassion? Think again.
The depth of the empathy and the sophistication of the understanding between these children was remarkable. For example, during snack time one camper accidentally slid off of her chair and onto the floor. She began crying, and was soon surrounded not only by the arms of a comforting teacher, but also by a very concerned group of children.
“Are you ok?”
“Did you fall off your chair?”
“It’s ok! You’re ok!"
“What happened?” the tiny voices called with sincere concern.
“Yep, I’m OK, but don’t sit on that chair! It will make you fall off!” she replied, drying her tears.
Furthermore, this bunch looked out for their fellow campers in an astonishingly proactive way. Hearing things like “Oh no! He doesn’t have any clay! Here’s some of mine!” or “Amiga! Amiga! Play with me!” was a common occurrence.
Watching these thoughtful youngsters hold hands, dance in circles, and collapse into giggling heaps, I could only think one thing: if these are the people who are going to be in charge of the future of humanity, the future’s looking pretty bright!
Thank you for a wonderful week campers, and for letting me be your friend too!
Art Explorers Camp Instructor