Tricia Belstra was on a plane, but this flight would be one that she would remember for the rest of her life, and after she shared it online, so would thousands of others as well.
She was feeling awful that day and she knew she would probably end up using her sick bag. Her seat was between two strangers and she was anxious about how she would even get through the flight. People began to notice that she was having a hard time and offered her some water. A short while later, she asked for diet coke and another glass of water. When someone asked her if she was okay, she admitted the truth:
I told him I was flying back to bury my son.” She wrote.
From that moment on, the strangers around her began working together to make her trip as easy as possible.
The girl next to me offered to pour the water for me because my hands were shaking. When we landed the girl helped me with my luggage. As I am leaving the plane the young man who waited on me was standing on the landing and as I walked off the plane he stopped me and handed me a napkin and said he was sorry for my loss and this wasn’t much.”
When she finally found a moment, she began to cry.
In 2004, my family lost my older brother. As traumatic as it still is for me, I can’t even pretend to truly know the pain you feel as a mother. I did, however, watch my mother’s grieving process (a process that will never end). Firstly, being a mother is about giving birth to new life as a promise to the future. Your mission doesn’t end now – your son’s life is bigger than his death and always will be. My mom struggled desperately chasing a far away goal of somehow lessening the pain. As she has realized now, the pain hardly lessens. Don’t expend your energy trying to chase this. Instead, go all out finding opportunities to experience joy. Visit family, get closer to those you’ve lost touch with, travel. This is your story and you owe it to yourself and your son to make sure that you survive this. Do not pressure yourself!
This world is full of people who do truly care about you, even if it doesn’t feel that way.
I won’t stop thinking about you anytime soon or how you’re doing or what you’re up to. You’ll come out of this a stronger person and I’ll be rooting for you the whole time.”
And it resonated with others. They were stunned that the note came from a complete stranger, and vowed to take inspiration from the moment.
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