This photo has parents everywhere sharing it like crazy. If you have ever traveled with a baby, you know the struggle! Flying is already hard…rude people, sick people, smelly people, loud people, the list really doesn’t end. Adding a fussy baby into the mix is never fun for anyone, but it is especially not fun for that baby’s parent! When Evan Hughes had no idea how he could get through the next few hours, a benevolent stranger changed the entire trip with just one hug.
I was having an awful travel experience on Sunday after my wife and I got separated in Chicago due to weather. This was only little man’s 2nd flight ever (8mo old) and he was doing so well until he wanted to go see my neighbor in the window seat. After brief introductions and him fighting me trying to crawl over to her, she opens her arms and says “oh just give him to me!” He (and I, exhausted) willingly oblige to the strangers request. Not 60 seconds later he puts his head down on her chest and falls asleep!
“Power of the boobies” she jokes. She then proceeds to tell me that if I wanted to take a quick nap that she would be more than happy to hold him while he slept. After multiple cancellations and layovers I selfishly agreed to give her watch over my precious child so that I could catch a quick cat nap. The kindness of this stranger was truly refreshing on what was quickly becoming one of the worst days in a long time. There is still hope!
She was a lifesaver in his moment of need. She could have rolled her eyes or gotten angry when the fussy baby kept trying to visit her. She could have told him to try harder or ruined his day further by being hostile and giving him tips to “parent better.” But she didn’t. People forget that they were once fussy babies as well, and this story is the perfect reminder!
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