If you have a kid, you know just how impressionable they can be. When I was growing up, my little brother used to want to do everything I did — he wanted to put on makeup, play with my dolls, listen to my music. There’s nothing wrong or toxic about it — it’s all an exploration to figure out their own place in life.
When Twitter user Ky noticed her brother kept pulling a mat out of his diaper bag and lying down on it, she wasn’t sure exactly what he was doing at first. Eventually, though, she realized he was imitating his Muslim daycare teachers. And instead of freaking out like some people would, she thought it was adorable.
Actually, a lot of people couldn’t get over how freaking cute it was that he looked up to his teachers so much.
This is too freaking adorable. Bless his little heart 💞
— hayoush (@hayarawas) April 9, 2018
Other Twitter users posted their own videos of the kids in their lives picking up similar habits from the adults in their lives.
My daughter does the same. My dad is Muslim pic.twitter.com/Udu4aTFGkv
— vanilla af (@__beingher) April 10, 2018
But more than anything, people were inspired by Ky’s response to her brother’s actions, because there are a lot of people in the world who would have freaked out if they’d noticed their kids or family members emulating Muslim rituals. After all, it’s those overreactions that cause prejudices in young children.
I really appreciated how you chose to see this as more of a positive thing rather than a negative like most parents would have. The fact that your so open minded and accepting of other beliefs is amazing tbh🌷
— ;) (@waaxsamey) April 10, 2018
i love how you didn’t flip out and swear up and down that the place was “indoctrinating” your baby like a lot of parents do. shows a lot of maturity and wisdom. the muslim community praises you
— بد زوی (@officialkrayr) April 10, 2018
I love when children imitate positive behavior. So CUTE. I hope you showed this video to your brother's teachers. 💚💜💙💛❤
— Market Goblin is graphic-novelin' (@kayfey) April 9, 2018
If only we could all approach the people in our lives with the same kind of acceptance and understanding. Maybe the world would be a better place.