There are many mundane things in life that we get so used to as adults, and we forget how terrifying they seem to the mind of a child—until we have one in the backseat.
That was the situation a Los Angeles woman named Alyssa Price found herself in when she drove into a car wash with her 4-year-old son, Declan, and her younger daughter Raleigh, who was a bit terrified.
Price told Today that she visits the car wash pretty routinely, but Raleigh has always been asleep.
“But this time she was awake, and she just started getting really freaked out as we got closer,” she said.
Luckily, Raleigh had her brother by her side.
“We are going to get home very fast,” he tells his nervous sister.
“We won’t die!”
But Raleigh asks to go “home,” pointing back where they came from. Declan says the only way home is through the wash, and assures her that the car ahead of them made it through, and nobody, in fact, died.
As they enter the wash, Raleigh is understandably freaked out by the washers hitting up against the car.
“It’s going to be okay, it’s just a car wash!” Declan tells her.
They finally make it through and reach the light, and Raleigh realizes that Declan was right—they didn’t die, and they made it through towards home again.
“Wow!” she says.
“Do you wanna do that again sometime?” Declan asks.
“Yeah!” Releigh replies.
Declan smiles, proud that he helped his sister face her fears. It’s a touching moment, one that their mother couldn’t help record.
“It was just one of those moments,” she told Today, adding that she thought their reactions were “so earnest and adorable.”
She also said that Declan’s kindness and protectiveness is nothing new for him.