Mum's open letter to passenger annoyed with her toddler on plane goes viral

parenting 08/02/2019

A mum's open letter to an airline passenger who was visibly annoyed with her young toddler has gone viral.

The post has really resonated with parents and has been shared thousands of times online.

"To the Gentleman on Flight 1451," her post began.

"I first noticed you when you sighed loudly as you laid eyes on me and my toddler boarding the plane.

From the over dramatic huffs and puffs you let out as we buckled in, it was clear that you were annoyed by our very presence.

At this point, my little girl was laughing and playing, obviously too loud for your liking.

Did you wonder about this mom and little girl who were flying alone? We were so excited to go on an adventure, but I was also very nervous. 

This was the first time that I had ever flown with a child, and I was making half of the trip without my husband.

As we took off, her tears started.

The kicking and the screaming tantrums came on fast.

She had been up since early morning.

She hadn’t eaten much because she didn’t want airport food.

She was recovering from the tail end of a sinus infection, and I wondered if the pressure from the altitude hurt her ears.

She was exhausted and fussy.

You did not let up with your mutters of annoyance and looks over your shoulder. You even shoved the back of the sear towards us.

I apologized to everyone around me.

I almost started crying myself.

I was feeling shame and guilt for not being able to control my own child. 

I was at the end of my rope, but then, an angel to the rescue- the flight attendant came by and gave my daughter a cup and straw to play with. 

And just like that, the screams stopped and my baby was suddenly content.

The kind attendant told us, “It’s ok! Flying is tough on everyone, and you are both doing great!”

What you need to know, is that while children can be terribly inconvenient now, they will run the world when you are old and grey.

I get it, kids can be a nuisance, but next time you are forced to be near one, I hope that you will be more like the flight attendant. I hope that instead of frustration and annoyance, you feel hope and goodness.

This world certainly has enough negativity without us adding to it, and just maybe the kindness you give out today, will be returned to you in the future."

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