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On August 30, 2016, a football player from Florida State University (FSU) was visiting a Tallahassee middle school with his teammates when he saw an 11-year-old sitting and eating lunch at an otherwise vacant table. The college junior, Travis Rudolph walked over to the boy and asked to sit with him.
“Sure, why not?” the kid responded. He introduced himself as Bo, and the two got to chatting as they ate their lunches—Bo with his home-packed lunch, Rudolph with his pizza.
Sitting with a child eating alone was really no big deal in Rudolph’s eyes. But to Bo’s mother, Leah Paske, it was huge.
Little did Rudolph know, Bo is on the autism spectrum and, more often than not, he sits and eats his lunch alone.
This trend really concerns Paske, perhaps more so than it bothers her son. “I worry every day,” she said. “I wonder if he doesn’t really have any friends. It’s hard.”
That’s why Rudolph’s gesture brought her to tears. Paske posted a picture of the encounter to Facebook and wrote a heartfelt “thank you” along with it:
“I’m not sure what exactly made this incredibly kind man share a lunch table with my son, but I’m happy to say that it will not soon be forgotten. This is one day I didn’t have to worry if my sweet boy ate lunch alone, because he sat across from someone who is a hero in many eyes.”
Via : theautismsite