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 ok? And as a mom of a 3-year-old and 4-year-old, I KNOW this. And 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. Alaskan airlines flight 674 and I sat down in the middle seat. I sit down, and there are some weight issues with the plane that needs to be checked out. So everyone is sitting in this full packed plane. And 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 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) No problem…..I have mom powers and totally ignore it……BUT what I CAN’T ignore is this.
I hear a woman complaining to his mother (that’s along with 2 crying kids) that her child needs to stop kicking her seat. THEN I hear the mother say ‘she’s 3 I can’t believe you just did that’ apparently the lady reached behind her and grabbed the child’s leg (aka “oh hell no”)
While this is happening the freaking flight attendant is just standing there…listening. Not even doing anything. 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. Ok back to the lady in the back.
You guys….this is a full plane….and I sat there 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. (one grown woman was holding her hands on her ears. SO….being a decent human being I couldn’t take letting this mother drown back there….(and let me tell you she was being so freaking calm you guys….like I would have already been crying, but she was doing so good) 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. (This lady was like HOLY HELL YESSSSSSSS!) So ya know I take her baby, and then I have to go sit down for take off…….the crying stopped (it’s a miracle), so I’m sitting here holding this precious baby that so happens to fall asleep (swooooon.)
My point???? Be nice and considerate. If someone needs help for God’s sake HELP THEM. Complaining and mumbling don’t do a thing except make the person that needs help feel worse (words hurt)……..How can we ignore a human in distress? Please be kind. Please be considerate. Help one another…it makes everything easier. I promise you won’t die.”
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