Honorary big sister

August 1, 2019 - 12:00am -- Living City

Honorary big sister
Children across the country and around the world learn the Gospel-based Art of Loving through the Cube of Love program. Here’s how Ellen, a 6-year-old, put into practice “loving everyone.”

Ellen is six years old and she goes to a kindergarten. In her classroom, the students use the Cube of Love to practice living the Golden Rule, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you” (Mt 7:12). One of Ellen’s classmates, Paul, has difficulty walking. Often, the other children don’t want to play with him because he pushes them around, and it is sometimes difficult to understand what he is saying. But Ellen wanted to love everyone in her classroom, including Paul.

One day, she was helping him in a class activity: pouring sand into bottles. Paul was having a hard time paying attention. So Ellen pretended that one of the bottles was an alligator and the other bottle was the food. She told her friend that the alligator was very hungry and that they needed to feed him. This game helped Paul stay focused, and he began to play along.

The next day the little boy’s mother told Ellen that Paul truly loved her and that Ellen was like his honorary big sister.

This made Ellen very happy

J. S.