Friday, February 05, 2016

Children Teach Us Empathy For Warm Heart Wednesday #12

Better late than never!  It's Friday evening and I'm just getting my Warm Heart Wednesday post up.  Warm Heart Wednesday is sponsored by Ms. Jenny at Jenny Matlock..."off on my tangent."  This is when we share something that warmed our hearts.

So much hoopla and excitement this week over Super Bowl 50.  We went out to dinner this week and the restaurant had a sign that said, "closing Sunday at 5 for the game."  It's like the whole country is going to come to a standstill.   I'll be one of the millions watching.

I really enjoy football.  I know I've said before how amazed I am at the way some fans react when their team falls behind.  I've seen it at Texans games.  They get mad and start piling out of the stadium, yell ugly things, etc.  It's just a game!  A form of entertainment...not life and death.

Last month the Minnesota Vikings were trailing by one point in a playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.  There wasn't much time left and Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh needed to kick a 27 yard field goal.  It should have been an easy kick, but he missed.  Many fans were outraged and lots of ugly things were said.

A first grade teacher noticed that the children in her class were saying things that they had heard at home like, "He should be fired!"  (I'm sure that's one of the milder things she heard.)  She decided to use this situation as a teachable moment.  The children were learning about empathy, so she had them write letters to Blair Walsh.  They did and he surprised them by visiting the class to thank them for their kindness.

I found the entire story heartwarming.  Some adults could learn from these first graders.
Now head over to Jenny's blog for a list of this week's participants.  Thank you for visiting and don't take Sunday's game too seriously.


  1. What a wonderful and valuable lesson for those children - and I know the whole country seems excited. We lived in Chicago in 1985 and even the schools stopped and would do the Superbowl Shuffle - do you remember that?

  2. Anonymous10:13 PM

    Happen to be on the computer - if you're up to it, Betty, underneath the post, where the icons are for Facebook, Pinterest,(P, F, In, etc.) are,
    a little below you see the previous post with an arrow to the left (it's called: Spring is not awake yet). Click on that.
    Good luck and thanks for trying!

  3. Absolutely loved this story. We need to hear more like this, and I'm so glad you shared with us. =)

  4. So great to know that the teacher uses daily occurrences as lessons!...:)JP

  5. Wonderful post ~ thankful for a mindful teacher and your post about ~ this world need more people like you and her ~

    Wishing you a wonderful week ~ ^_^

  6. I love this story. Teachers can really mold the world, can't they?

    Thanks for a warm heart for week 12.



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