Even though it was about seven years ago, I still remember exactly how it felt to take a flight alone with my 1-year-old while pregnant. To summarize the experience in a few words: It sucked. I was exhausted, nauseous, and anxious about keeping my daughter happy at 30,000 feet. Needless to say, I could've used some help. But everyone on our flight was a stranger to me.
Another pregnant mom traveling alone with her baby didn't know anyone on her recent flight either. But that didn't stop a good Samaritan from stepping up to lend her a hand when she needed it most.
A fellow passenger on the flight wrote about how a father on board helped the exhausted mama on the Love What Matters Facebook page, and also shared a photo of the touching moment.
"On a flight back to Georgia, this man, who was a stranger to this woman, offered to help her because she was pregnant and alone on the flight and her son was upset and fussy," the post reads. "He told her that he was a DAD, and wanted to help her so she could rest. He walked the aisle most of the flight from Minneapolis to Atlanta comforting this woman's son as if he was his own."
The witness to this kind act adds, "I was in tears...not because he was white and she was black...but because it showed me today that there are still GOOD people out there in a world full of turmoil."
This story serves as such a great reminder that sometimes the smallest act of kindness can mean so much, not only to the recipient, but to anyone who sees it. Because now this story has gone viral, and will no doubt spur other acts of kindness from strangers. I know I will be more aware of those around me who are having a tough day and may need some assistance. And hopefully, when I'm feeling ill, exhausted, overwhelmed, or all of the above, someone will be there to help me.
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Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.