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Tired Dad Flying With His Baby Got The Most Unexpected Surprise From His Seatmate

Traveling with little ones is never easy.

Many people cringe when they see a baby boarding an airplane, but fellow passengers’ dread is nothing compared to the stress the parents feel.

Not only do they worry about the comfort of everyone else around them (“Please, don’t cry nonstop or get a blowout diaper thousands of miles in the air”) but they also worry about their child’s comfort and safety (Are his ears hurting him? Will his sleep schedule be ruined? And what about all the germs?).

Yep, it’s safe to say that flying with small children is not for the faint of heart.

Such was the experience of Evan Hughes, the father of an 8-month-old baby boy who recently found himself flying solo with his son. Bad weather in Chicago meant delayed flights, cancellations, and finally a separate flight for him and his wife.

This means that Hughes was then traveling alone with his wee one while his wife had to wait for a later flight. Talk about stressful!

And just when it seemed like his day couldn’t get any worse, a ray of light came into Hughes’ day. His seatmate was a friendly, warm woman who instantly connected with his young son.

Hughes, not wanting his child to be a burden, tried to stay out of her way, but the baby wouldn’t take no for answer! He wanted to climb into the woman’s arms, clearly desperate for a snuggle.

Hughes shared his story and an image of his son snuggling with his seatmate on Imgur:

I was having an awful travel experience on Sunday after my SO 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!

Kindness of Strangers

The story is heartwarming, and a much-needed respite from all the harrowing tales we hear about air travel. Sometimes in our rush to get to the gate, grab a spot in the overhead and reach our destination, we forget that we are sitting by fellow humans… fellow humans that could really use a smile and a friendly word. Or, in this case, a snuggle!