Emily Murcott - Wellbeing Literacy Leader

I am the worst Facebook friend ever! I sometimes flick through and see what is on my feed. I am not consistent, I don't really post, I rarely upload pictures of my children, my husband or myself on there, I really just scroll through every now and again.


However, last week something caught my eye and I had to share it. It is a good reminder as to how important our loved ones are. Although this is about an 8 year old boy, it can be about anyone of any age.....


"The whole world paused this morning. 


Do you know why? Because an 8 year old’s tank was empty. 


The boys had already started their school day at their desks and I was preparing to leave for work when I noticed my littlest standing in the bathroom wiping his face. 


I paused at the door and asked if he was okay. He looked up with tears silently dripping and shook his head. When I questioned if something happened, again he shook his head. 


So I sat on the side of the tub and pulled him in my lap. I told him sometimes our heart tanks feel empty and need to be refilled. 


He cried into my chest and I held tight. 

I asked if he could feel my love filling him up? 

A nod, and tears stopped... 


I waited a minute... 


‘Has it reached your toes yet?’ 

He shook his head no... 


‘Okay man. We will take as long as you need. Work doesn’t matter right now. School isn’t important either. This right here, is the most important thing today, okay? Filling you back to the top. Is that good?’



One more minute... 

‘Is your heart full of mamas love now?’


*looks in his eyes* I see it shining in there, you’re full to the top, and you’re smiling! 


Y’all. You may not be 8- you may be 28, 38, 48 or whatever- but ALL of us run on empty just like he did. His weekend was so busy and so full and his little soul was just dry!!! 


We all have to pause, and take a moment to refill with the good things. Scripture, prayer, sunshine, worship, song, laughter, friends, hugs. Refill your empty, or you’ll find those emotions (tears, anger, snappy words) overflowing with no reason why.


Take a moment. Refill. It’s the most important part of your day!"


Author unknown.


During my yard duty this week, I had the privilege of watching from afar as a young boy approach a grade 6 girl and ask for some help. He appeared to ask her a questions and without hesitation Riley (56S) bent down and tied up his shoe laces. So brave of him to ask, and so kind to respond. Thanks Riley!