We all know the struggle of making friends, and trying to figure out who to sit with at the lunch table.
I can’t imagine having to do that in a place where everyone else speaks a different language. Transfer student Rafael Anaya knows the feeling all too well. As a transfer student who only speaks Spanish, the 10-year-old transitioned to a new school and often sat alone at lunch. That is, until Amanda Moore did something to break the language barrier.
The fifth-grader at Paloma Elementary School in Temecula, California, decided to join Rafael at lunch after noticing how lonely he seemed. When she sat down and introduced herself, the boy didn’t say anything back. Amanda realized he didn’t speak English.
Most kids her age might just walk away, or even go as far as to say that he’s weird because he can’t communicate. But Amanda did something much different. She turned to Google Translate and crafted a letter to Rafael—written completely in Spanish.
Before giving it to him, she wanted to be sure it was totally accurate, so she took it home to her mom to proofread.
Amanda’s mom, Kimber Kinard, was absolutely blown away by her daughter’s kindness. So naturally she took to Facebook, as any proud mother would. Along with a video of Amanda reading the letter in Spanish, Kimber wrote:
Found a new kid at school, sitting alone, tried to talk to him but he didn’t speak much English. ….so…
Along with a picture of the letter, Kinard also shared the English Translation:
“Would you like to sit with me today? Look for me and I will show you where I sit. We can color or simply tell scary stories. Thank you for your time, signed Amanda.”
Amanda brought the letter to her classmate the next day, a moment her mother describes like this:
“She walked over and gave it to him, and he stared at Amanda and then he opened it up and was trying to read it. When he finished reading it, his eyes were welling up with tears and then Amanda’s eyes were welling up with tears. And then the whole class stood up and applauded. He stood up and he hugged her.”
“Literally I’ve been crying ever since then because I thought it was the sweetest thing in the world,” Kimber told CBS News. Every day after school, she asks her daughter to tell her two good things and one bad thing that happened. Amanda said that meeting Rafael was one of the good things.
Since the letter was first shared a week ago, it has gone completely viral. Rafael finally has a friend at his new school—and not just someone to sit at the lunch table with. Amanda and Rafael went Trick-or-Treating together this week! Amanda said she didn’t want the boy to feel alone—“everybody should have a buddy.”