Mom Shares Powerful Lesson About Stranger's Baby On Plane
Cailyn Finkel 8/3/2017
Traveling with little ones can be difficult! Hours spent cramped in a small environment isn't fun for anyone, and for parents the added worry of fellow travelers losing patience is always on their minds.
No matter how hard they may try to keep their little ones quiet and occupied, there's no predicting how they might act in an unfamiliar environment surrounded by people they don't know.
Unfortunately for one mother of three traveling alone, that worry became a reality. However, there was a guardian angel on the plane with her and she stepped in to help right away....
Kesha Bernard, a young woman from Atlanta, Georgia, was traveling on an Alaska Airlines flight when suddenly she heard the distinct shrill of a baby sobbing behind her. Instead of getting mad, like the other adult passengers, Kesha (who is a mother herself) decided to intervene.
Now her story is going viral and it's easy to see why!
The following post has been edited for the sake of clarity.
"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. Why?
Because I'm a decent human being.
Listen, it takes a village to raise kids - okay? As a mom of a 3 year old and 4 year old I KNOW this. I also know that toddlers can be jerks.
So first let me just tell you what happened."
"I boarded my flight today at 5:45 AM in Seattle. Alaska Airlines flight #674 and I sat down in the middle seat.
I sit down and there are some weight issues with the plane that need to be checked out. So everyone is sitting in this packed plane. A baby starts crying (Oh, God forbid. Right?)
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 two kids crying, this lady's toddler was having a full-blown meltdown over her seatbelt being on.
No problem. I have mom powers and totally ignore it. But what I CAN'T ignore is this...
I hear a woman complaining to this mother (who'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 (Oh, heck no).
While this is happening the flight attendant is just standing there. Listening. Not even doing anything.
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.' They stopped talking.
Okay - back to the lady in the back.
You guys, this is a full plane. I sat here for 15 minutes waiting on someone closer to this woman to offer her help, because I'm surrounded by caring adults, right? (Wrong.)
I turn around to see people mumbling and staring at this mother with her THREE kids ALONE.A screaming toddler, crying baby and a very well-behaved older child.
So, being a decent human being, I couldn't take letting this mother drown back there.
I get up out of my seat, go a few rows back and go ask her if she needs help. She immediately handed me her baby. So I take her baby and then I have to go sit down for take off. The crying stopped! It's a miracle!
I'm sitting here holding this precious baby that so happens to fall asleep!
My point? Be nice and considerate.
If someone needs help, for God's sake HELP THEM.
Complaining and mumbling doesn't do a thing except make the person that needs help feel worse. Words hurt.
How we can ignore a human in distress? Please be kind. Please be considerate. Help one another... it makes everything easier."
Without Kesha's selfless actions, the mother would've been harassed by countless inconsiderate adults on the flight! Traveling with a child is hard enough as it is - we should all keep that in mind next time we hear a baby wailing on a plane.