K took Sputnik to school to share with her class of 9 fifth graders. Sputnik is the larger of our two cats but his meow is precious: high pitched and tiny, as you'd expect from a newborn kitten. He missed his sister and wasn't sure what to think of the car ride in a crate by himself. He let us all know how he felt by his dramatic vocalizations.
K responded quickly and gently, "I hear you, little kitty. I'm listening with all of my might."
May more of us respond this way to the people we encounter every day.