Kesha Bernard was on vacation without her kids recently when she stepped up to help a mama in need.
While on her return flight on Alaskan Airlines Bernard was disgusted with the behavior of passengers on the flight. A young mother and her three children were sitting a few rows ahead. Two of the younger children, a toddler and a months old baby were not on their best behavior (surprise surprise right?). The kid’s tantrum didn’t surprise Bernard, but the behavior of everyone else on the plane did.
Check out her first hand account, which has been shared nearly 100,000 times in two days, in the post below.
“Here I am on vacation away from my kids (who I absolutely love to death but sometimes you need a break from toddlers) and I’m flying with an infant on my lap,” she writes. Why?
“Because I’m a decent human being….it takes a village.”
Bernard spotted a mom dealing with a baby and very fussy child while the entire flight watched in disgust. Many were glaring at the young mom and several piped up in annoyance, but Bernard was the only one to step up and help.
As the mom of a three and four-year-old, Bernard is no stranger to toddlers being difficult. After boarding her flight at 5:45 am the flight was delayed. The plane was packed and everyone was just sitting there waiting — and that’s when the first piercing cries started coming from the baby.
“Obviously I’m totally used to crying and whining so I tune it out. Everyone around me starts huffing and puffing and mumbling. Then…I hear 2 kids crying. This lady has her toddler having a full blown melt down over her seatbelt being on (toddlers are dramatic that’s nothing new). ”
Bernard tuned out the crying and settled into her seat, but the grown adults surrounding her started acting worse than the misbehaving kids.
“I hear a woman complaining to this mother (that’s alone with two crying kids) that her child needs to stop kicking her seat. THEN I hear the mother say ‘she’s three, I can’t believe you just did that.’ Apparently the lady reached behind her and grabbed the child’s leg (aka ‘oh heck no’).”
While the adults continued to berate the mother and her children, flight attendants stood by doing nothing. “And the older men beside me make remarks like, “Obviously her way of discipline isn’t working,” so I reply with, “She’s probably afraid to do anything…you can’t do anything anymore,” and they stopped talking.
Bernard hoped another passenger would step up to help the struggling mom, after all the plane was packed with people, but to no avail.
When no one else stepped up, Bernard hopped over the person next to her and came to the struggling mom’s aid. Before the words ‘can I help’ were even out of her mouth, the mom handed over her crying baby who promptly fell asleep in Bernard’s arms.
For Bernard, the moral of the story was simple. Complaining and mumbling doesn’t do a thing. Step up and help a sister, or brother, out.
“How we can ignore a human in distress is beyond me. Please be kind. Please be considerate. Help one another… it makes everything easier. I promise you won’t die.”
It’s so much easier in the end to lend a helping hand. The next opportunity you have to help someone out, take the extra step past sympathy and do what you can to help.
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