Gisele is a very empathetic child- she always has been- however lately she has really been picking up and noticing differences with kids- on her own.
She has a friend that has to wear glasses/eye patch. Some times she has a hard time with her balance (understandably) and Gisele always helps her by holding her hand when they walk.
The other day we were at the playground and a little boy in a wheel chair came up the ramp to the play structure. She kinda hung back for a second, watched quietly and then walked up to him and introduced herself and they played for a little bit.
Later in the car, I said to her- that was nice you made a new friend. And she said, 'mom, I am lucky I can walk- I felt bad he couldn't go down the slide- but at least we could play tic tac toe together'
I was a little surprised by that and kinda fumbled around for what the right thing was to say to a 3yr old. - kinda broke my heart a little.
I pretty much said, 'yeah- I am glad you got to play tic tac toe with him- that is a fun game.
And she accepted that and asked if we could stop for icecream. And that was that.