On my way back from April vacation this week, my family had a layover in Atlanta and had to scramble to catch the connecting flight. We almost didn’t make it! We totally missed the family with young children boarding time. When we got on the plane there were only two seats left together in the rows, and all the other seats scattered throughout the plane were singles.
We have five people in our family so when the flight attendant said the girls had to sit alone there was immediate panic in their eyes. I was standing there with my carry on, a diaper bag, my purse and a two year old in my arms looking mildly stressed I’m sure. After my pleading with the flight attendant, a man on the aisle seat said he would move so one of the girls could sit with me, while Lucas was left to find a seat for himself and my other daughter. With a look of relief I gave the nice man a huge smile, thanked him profusely, and then listened to the flight attendant make an announcement over the intercom asking for a volunteer to give up their seat so a little girl could sit with her dad… cue the longest couple of awkward minutes of silence…crickets anyone??? Finally, a man reluctantly gives up his seat after the flight attendant bribes with free goodies.
Now I don’t know about you, but I was raised to show compassion and kindness toward others even when it inconveniences me. I sat on that flight actually feeling sorry for these people. I would like to think that if I were traveling alone I would have given up my seat. Maybe they didn’t grow up with these values… I feel kindness is harder and harder to come by these days. On a plane of over 200 people (minus the ones that were traveling with children or families of their own) it took a lot for one to give up his seat.
On the other hand there are still people (thank you kind sir who graciously gave up your seat so that I could sit with my littles) who demonstrate a selfless act and encourage me to do the same for someone else down the road!
What sort of kindness can you show a stranger or a non-stranger today? Trust me it will go a long way and they will thank you for it!