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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.

Child's drawing of a tree with the caption "I hope you will be very caring to nature"

“I hope you will be very caring to nature”

Photo of a young child. Caption reads "I hope you will not get bullied"

“I hope you will not get bullied”

 

Photo of a baby and a child. Caption reads "I wish that she scores a lot of goals in football"

“I wish that she scores a lot of goals in football”

 

A girl reaches out to a baby. The caption reads "I wish for her to have all the toys I like"

“I wish for her to have all the toys I like”

 

A boy plays with a baby on a green blanket. The caption reads "I wish that Dara will be loved as much as he deserves to be"

“I wish that Dara will be loved as much as he deserves to be”

 

A baby plays with a baby doll. The caption reads "I hope you like the colour red because I love the colour red"

“I hope you like the colour red because I love the colour red”

 

A boy in a classroom leans over to play with a baby. The caption reads "I wish that you always have someone to talk to"

“I wish that you always have someone to talk to”

 

A baby sits on a green blanket. The caption reads "I wish that she never dies"

“I wish that she never dies”

 

A girl and a baby lie on a green blanket. The caption reads "I wish you to be sweeter than a flower"

“I wish you to be sweeter than a flower”

 

A mother holds a baby. The caption reads "I wish her not to be frightened of spiders"

“I wish her to not be frightened of spiders”

 

A baby is being held by his mother. The caption reads "I wish that he will have kind, trustworthy friends"

“I wish that he will have kind, trustworthy friends”

 

Child and baby sitting. The caption reads "I wish she has a nice, loving heart"

“I wish she has a nice, loving heart”

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