Eye rolls, rude comments and mean stares are the norm for many mums who fly solo with their little ones. And it started that way too for Rebekka Garvison when she boarded a flight with her unsettled newborn baby. Then was greeted with a simple, yet kind gesture from a complete stranger.
Rebekka ‘s message of thanks to the kind stranger has gone viral. And, after reading their story, it’s easy to see why.
Flying for the first time with your baby is always a stressful time and, as Rebekka boarded an early morning flight with her newborn Rylee in tow and took her seat next to a couple, she could feel the tension building.
“This couple looked very annoyed and I could tell by their body language that they weren’t thrilled about sitting next to Rylee,” Rebekka writes in a Facebook post.
Baby Rylee started to cry before the plane even started moving and Rebekka decided to ask the flight attendant if she could move up a few rows, away from the cross couple, to where there were two free seats. In the third seat was Nyfesha Miller.
As Rylee continued to squirm and cry, Nyfesha asked if she could try and calm the baby. Nyfesha not only helped settle the bub, but continued to hold baby Rylee and even helped the pair off the plane, giving the new mum a much deserved break and a surprisingly relaxing trip.
Rebekka took to Facebook to share her gratitude and thank her new friend. Her post has been shared nearly 100,000 in a few short days.
“You will never understand how happy this act of kindness has made my family,” Rebekka writes. “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.”
The kindness of strangers is a powerful thing and this story certainly proves how a small gesture can go a long way. Are you flying soon with small children? Then check our guide to easy plane travel with kids in tow.