Babies crying aboard crowded and poorly ventilated aircrafts can really irritate travellers. I've been there myself, but as I have young children, I know how it feels to sit there and feel completely helpless, with what seems to be a thousand angry sets of eyes staring at you. It's not fun, but what can you do really? It's precisely that experience that new mother Rebekka Garvison expected to have on a recent flight she took with her children from Chicago to Atlanta in the United States. Rebekka, who meant to surprise her husband at her destination point, was anxious well before the flight about travelling with young children. The flight took off early in the morning and she strapped herself and her newborn daughter Rylee in. It was completely silent on board the aircraft, but that would soon change, as little Rylee suddenly began to wail...
“I noticed that the 2 seats next to me were taken and this couple looked very annoyed and I could tell by their body language sitting right next to me that they weren’t thrilled about sitting next to Rylee,” says mother Rebekka.
But it was a nightmare that ultimately turned into a very positive experience for both mother and baby. All thanks to one woman, who kindly offered her help when all other board were annoyed. Rebekka writes about the incident on Facebook and her post has since been spreading like wildfire in recent days.
“Something amazing happened to me today and I will never be able to express how grateful I am for it. If anyone has ever traveled with an infant you know how stressful it can be. Today, I was reminded that there truly are absolutely AMAZING individuals in this world even if they are complete strangers to you. I have been planning this trip to surprise Nick Garvison for quite some time and have been most stressed about flying alone with Rylee and all of our stuff to lug around with no help. As soon as we got on the plane at 5:30 AM it was very quiet and it was a full flight. I noticed that the 2 seats next to me were taken and this couple looked very annoyed and I could tell by their body language sitting right next to me that they weren’t thrilled about sitting next to Rylee. Of course I’m already stressing and then Rylee started crying when we were just getting ready to taxi. I decided to ask the other flight attendant if I could move up 2 rows where there were 2 empty seats next to each other and I’d have more room to do stuff. She said yes and next thing I know I was sitting next to this amazing woman! I’m not sure if she could tell how stressed and upset I looked or what, but she turned our day completely around. Rylee wouldn’t stop crying no matter what I would try and do….so she had asked if I didn’t mind if she tried and of course I let her. As soon as she had her, Rylee was looking out the window and stopped crying. When we got in the air she fell right asleep and slept in her lap the whole flight until we got to our gate. She kept saying it wasn’t a problem at all and it was actually a comforting feeling for her. She even carried her off the plane and held her so I could get the stroller and carseat put back together so I wasn’t struggling to try and do it all alone.
Nyfesha Miller, you will never understand how happy this act of kindness has made my family. You could’ve just rolled your eyes and been irritated like everyone else, but you took her and held her the entire flight and let me get some rest and peace of mind. It brought tears to my eyes while I sat there and watched you and Rylee sleeping next to me. I just couldn’t believe how that ended up working out and how caring you were to us. Thank you SO much!!
God bless you!!”
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It feels good to know that there are kind and good-hearted people everywhere in the world. And so great that everything ended well too! Imagine what a little simple act can do for one tired and stressed out mom.
If you were as touched by this story as I was, then please share it. Maybe others can also be inspired by this wonderful woman’s simple yet grand act.
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