On a scale of one to ten, Iâ€™d say flying solo with a young baby is a solid fifteen on the old stress-o-meter.
Thereâ€™s the stress of wondering what to pack. Thereâ€™s worrying about the what-ifs. Thereâ€™s the circus of trying to time diaper changes, feedings, and the all-important nap correctly. And donâ€™t even get me started on the horror stories random people like to share before telling you, â€śIâ€™m sure youâ€™ll be FINE, Sweetie.â€ť So stressful!
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Mom Kelsey Zwick recently took to Facebook to share her story of a random act of kindness that took place on her flight from Orlando to Philly.
She starts by describing a situation so many of us know all too well â€“ carrying too much stuff, getting settled in your (tiny) seat, and immediately needing to make nice with the neighbors as your baby practices their yodeling.
â€śI 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 â€śfriendsâ€ť at CHOP (Childrenâ€™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.â€ť
She goes on to explain that after pre-boarding, a flight attendant informed her someone in first class had offered up his seat.
â€śNot able to hold back tears, I cried my way up the aisle while my daughter Lucy laughed! She felt it in her bones tooâ€¦ real, pure, goodness. I smiled and thanked you as we switched but didnâ€™t get to thank you properly.â€ť
â€śâ€¦thank you. 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.â€ť
Her story has since gone viral, with 511K shares and counting.
Itâ€™s easy to forget just how powerful simple acts of kindness really are. This story is a beautiful reminder that goodness really is all around.
Check out her full post below.