Boy's Letter To Obama Inviting A Refugee To Be His Brother Will Make You Cry
In a world overwhelmed by chaos, it's difficult to know where to turn for hope.
Rest assured, we've found a young man everyone should aspire to be like during times like these.
His name is Alex and he's 6 years old.
The courageous kid was heavily impacted by the photos released of Omran Daqneesh during Syria's civil war and so he wrote a letter to President Obama inviting a Syrian refugee to live with his family.
He described earnestly how he would welcome the refugee into his home with open arms. He talked about how he, his sister and his friends from school would help him learn and grow and play.
A video featuring Alex reading his letter out loud was recorded last week after the United Nations summit, where Obama shared his letter with the public -- and it's sure to make you tear up.
The transcript of the letter is touching. It reads,
Dear President Obama, Remember the boy who was picked up by the ambulance in Syria? Can you please go get him and bring him to [my home]? Park in the driveway or on the street and we will be waiting for you guys with flags, flowers, and balloons. We will give him a family and he will be our brother. Catherine, my little sister, will be collecting butterflies and fireflies for him. In my school, I have a friend from Syria, Omar, and I will introduce him to Omar. We can all play together. We can invite him to birthday parties and he will teach us another language. We can teach him English too, just like my friend Aoto from Japan. Please tell him that his brother will be Alex who is a very kind boy, just like him. Since he won't bring toys and doesn't have toys Catherine will share her big blue stripy white bunny. And I will share my bike and I will teach him how to ride it. I will teach him additions and subtractions in math. And he [can] smell Catherine's lip gloss penguin which is green. She doesn't let anyone touch it. Thank you very much! I can't wait for you to come! Alex
Is this not the cutest thing you've ever read? Alex will wait for his new brother with "flags, flowers and balloons."
My heart is so full right now.
Apparently, President Obama's heart was too, because he shared the video on his Facebook page and said,
Those are the words of a six-year-old boy -- a young child who has not learned to be cynical or suspicious or fearful of other people because of where they come from, how they look, or how they pray... We should all be more like Alex.
That's right, Obama. We should all be more like Alex.
Maybe then the world would be a much better place.