Traveling is already stressful – but traveling with a young child is arguably one of the most difficult ways to go from point A to point B. Thousands of people do it each day, but more often than not, they end up getting “stink eye” from other travelers who just don’t understand what it takes to drag a screaming toddler in and around an airport. One mom was at her wit’s end. She had tried to do everything right…and still ended up missing her flight.
When you wake up at 3:30 AM to catch a 6 AM cross country flight with your toddler, wait in the security line over 45 minutes only to be told that you could have used TSA Pre-Check, realize when you are on the train to the concourse you have left one of your carry-on bags at security, run up to the gate as they were shutting the doors, watch your plane take off without you, have a minor and embarrassing meltdown in the middle of the airport, and realize your husband and you are seated in different places on the new flight and the seats are, in fact, both middle seats (which we all know is the basically the worst thing ever with an energetic toddler), you really just need one good thing to happen.
Well, we got two good things.
To the gentleman that switched seats with my husband without us even asking him to do so, you have no idea what such a small gesture meant to us.
And to Shelly, the sweet woman that held our toddler daughter to let her look out the window (and even take a short snooze!), words can’t express how truly grateful we are to have sat next to you. Out of all the other people on the plane we could have sat next to, we got you and we thank God.
As I sat at our departure airport after we missed our flight so early this morning, I prayed. I had no idea that God would send us not one, but two angels as an answer to those prayers.”
Compassion and kindness helped this woman’s terrible day take a turn for the better. The story has other parents sharing their own experiences of traveling with kids…but not all of them had a happy ending. The next time you witness a parent struggling to travel with a young child, will you offer to help?
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