For an Arkansas mother of two a flight from Missouri to North Carolina was about to become a disaster. Her kids were making a scene, and she was desperate, until a stranger stepped in to help.
Jessica Rudeen, 34, was flying to see her mother with her daughter Caroline, 3, and her son Alexander, 4 months. The children, who’d been up since 4.30 a.m., were making a racket, and she was worried they were disturbing other passengers.
“I honestly thought we’d get kicked off the plane,” Jessica shared in a Facebook post.
Help came from a fellow passenger Todd Walker, 52, who was making a regular flight for work. Instead of switching seats he held her baby son while she settled down and entertained her daughter throughout the whole flight.
This guy showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person.
“He colored and watched a movie with Caroline, he engaged in conversation and showed her all the things outside. By the end of the flight, he was Caroline’s best friend,” the woman wrote.
By lucky accident the man then headed for the same connecting flight. He helped the family out of the plane and lead Caroline to the gate hand in hand. On the plane he changed his seat to be able to help Jessica with the toddlers.
The woman shared the story online stating, “This guy showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person.”
Her post inspired other mothers to speak about similar experiences.
“Amazing,” a user called Megan Lisenbee wrote. “When our daughter was an infant I encountered the same kindness from the sweetest little lady and her granddaughter on a flight from Denver to little rock. It was my first time flying with our teething 6 month old without my husband the comfort and help they gave me on the flight was so amazing.”
Karen Bartlett Hood shared, “I remember those days and a particular stranger who helped me run to catch a flight at the other end of the AA terminal in ORD by carrying a car seat and a folded up umbrella stroller while I tucked a screaming two year old under one arm and a diaper bag under the other. Gods Bless You whoever and wherever you are.”
Some of the stories date back long ago. Sunday Lee wrote, “40 years ago a stranger on a train helped my mum (with four kids under the age of four) while on a long inter-state trip. Mum always told me how grateful she was for his help and kindness so I always try and pay it forward when I can.”
This story is a perfect reminder that a little kindness goes a long way, and people won’t forget it!
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