Children of elementary age are capable of great empathy - for others, for animals and for plants. The kindness and thought that the children in class have demonstrated for one of our volunteers who has been in hospital, is testament to this. One child, who doesn't like writing much, chose to practise all her writing first on scrap paper so that when she wrote the card on behalf of us all, it was as beautiful as she could make it. They helped choose flowers for her return and made her this gift - carefully selecting autumn coloured materials, copying their leaf shapes and weaving with rafia and deciding where to place their surprise so that the (not yet decrepit!!) recipient wouldn't have to go up and down the steps to see it! They discussed that any welcome back hugs should be tender ones, duly given.