Very often flying with kids involves the disapproving glares of strangers and a lot of stress for parents. Throw an unwell child into the mix and things can get even more fraught …
Hooray for 2D!
That’s why this great story about a kind man who surrendered his comfy first class seat for a mum and her sick baby is warming hearts across the globe.
Not only did this nice gent take the time to consider this mum was navigating a tricky experience, he stepped up and did something to help. Blinking champ.
Mum Kelsey Zwick shared her story in the form of an open letter on Facebook, in the hopes of encouraging other acts of kindness and as a grateful tribute to the man that helped her. Kelsey’s daughter Lucy suffers from chronic lung disease and the pair were commuting to an appointment when things took a turn for the delightful.
“To the man in 2D,” Kelsey posted. “Today you were travelling from Orlando to Philly. I don’t know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere. I was pushing a stroller, had a diaper bag on my arm and also lugging an oxygen machine for my daughter.”
“We had smiles on our faces as we were headed to see her ‘friends’ at CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia). We pre-boarded the plane, got cozy in our window seat and made jokes to those around us about having to sit by my yelling-but-happy baby.”
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“I cried my way up the aisle”
Turns out those passengers didn’t have to sit beside this cute baby and her mum, because of one kind man.
“The flight attendant came over and told me you were waiting to switch seats,” Kelsey continued in her letter to the gent in question. “You were giving up your comfortable, first-class seat to us. Not able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed! She felt it in her bones too… real, pure, goodness. I smiled and thanked you as we switched but didn’t get to thank you properly.”
“Sooo… thank you,” Kelsey wrote on Facebook. “Not just for the seat itself but for noticing. For seeing us and realizing that maybe things are not always easy. For deciding you wanted to show a random act of kindness to US. It reminded me how much good there is in this world. I can’t wait to tell Lucy someday.”
To the man in 2D. Today you were traveling from Orlando to Philly. I don’t know you, but I imagine you saw us somewhere….
“I just hoped that she had a better flight”
After Kelsey’s Facebook post was shared nearly half a million times, the man in question – Jason Kuneslman – was located with some help from American Airlines.
The carrier then reunited them and Kelsey got to thank him properly, in person.
“She came up crying and it made me tear up,” Jason told Inside Edition. “She said, ‘Thank you … I know I didn’t get to thank you properly.’ [She added that] we need more kindness like I showed to her in the world.”
Brilliant effort, Jase! Thank you for sharing this very heartening story, Kelsey.