Baby Mei was curious, reaching out and touching the children she met in the class where she taught empathy. She was a serious baby, “a philosopher king”, says Mary Gordon, a baby who only smiled three times in the year she spent with the class.
The children fell in love with Mei. She taught them it was all right to be serious and, by extension, to be their own, true selves. For the children it was a powerful lesson in empathy.