Netizens went crazy as a video of a little boy with a huge heart was posted on Facebook -- the type of clip that could melt even the iciest of souls.
Some of us like children while many don't. Those who don't generally find kids to be a nuisance and unable to behave themselves.
Those who enjoy the presence of little ones enjoy the playfulness, and of course, they see it as the naturally adorable nature of children.
[Main] A little boy feeding his grandfather; [Inset] The mother Michelle Botta holding the sleeping little boy in her lap. | Source: facebook.com/michelle.botta.56
But perhaps these are not necessarily the most admirable qualities in kids. Instead, what sticks out is that children sometimes have this ability for compassion that tends to take some adults aback.
HELPING THOSE IN NEED
A video shared on Facebook in 2018 showed off one child's naturally loving disposition. In the clip, he stood next to his grandfather's bed, who lay sideways as the little boy spoon-fed him. The post read:
"The most beautiful video you will see today!❤️…"
The bed-ridden grandfather kept his gaze on his grandson. Looking closer, one can see admiration and affection for the young boy twinkling in his eyes.
The video went completely viral. The comment section has drawn in a whopping 34,000 comments. Many remarked on how beautiful the moment between the pair was. One wrote:
"This is how we should all take care of those who took care of us."
On top of these numerous comments, the post also pulled in 324,000 reactions and an unbelievable 93 million views.
MORE THAN PHYSICAL
An individual named Annalisa Teggi wrote an article about how deeply this clip affected her. She said it brought back memories of her grandmother and made her teary-eyed. Teggi penned:
"Is there a more intimate gesture than letting someone else feed you when you can't do it yourself? It's an act of naked surrender and trust."
Beyond the nutritional value the child provided to this older man, Teggi suggested there is more to it.
This loving gesture on the part of his grandson could also have had an emotionally healing effect on the grandfather.
The writer may be onto something because it is evident that those drawn to the clip are not drawn to it solely because the man is receiving his food. Instead, it is the love between the duo that touches our hearts.
A TOUCHING FRIENDSHIP
Some may read this story of this little boy and his grandfather, thinking that this type of behavior is rare, with "Lord of the Flies" narrations floating around in their minds.
Luckily for all of us, children keep on proving this perspective wrong. Ninety-one-year-old Gene McGehee and his little friends are a perfect example of this.
McGehee, who spends a lot of his time at the daycare across the street, has dementia and forgets who everyone is the next day.
The kids are incredibly patient. They all reintroduce themselves every day and enjoy playing games with McGehee.
What is your opinion? Are children naturally selfish or kind? Are most of their behaviors taught, or do we keep our inherent nature as we grow up? Parents, this questionnaire might be for you.
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