Our Roots of Empathy students fall in love with their baby teacher. And every year, toward the end of the program, we ask them to make a wish for their baby; something they’d wish for if the baby were their age. The answers are incredible. They reflect everything that’s important in their lives at that moment – from successfully cartwheeling, or being a hockey player, to their fears – of the dark, of spiders, of being bullied, to their joys. And it’s empathy – it’s sensing how their baby would feel in each wish, and wishing them the best. It is truly the heart made visible.
We pick 12 of them to post on our social media channels at the end of every year – and we pair them with some of our favourite photos from the year. Here they are for you on one page to enjoy.
“I hope you will be very caring to nature”
“I hope you will not get bullied”
“I wish that she scores a lot of goals in football”
“I wish for her to have all the toys I like”
“I wish that Dara will be loved as much as he deserves to be”
“I hope you like the colour red because I love the colour red”
“I wish that you always have someone to talk to”
“I wish that she never dies”
“I wish you to be sweeter than a flower”
“I wish her to not be frightened of spiders”
“I wish that he will have kind, trustworthy friends”