Ali's Adventures

February 25, 2012

Kindness of Strangers on a Plane

Filed under: Kids,Move — by Alison @ 4:45 pm

As Kindness Week in Ottawa wraps up, I felt I should share a recent story of kindness. In early October I flew back from Seattle with my two kids. We’d left my husband behind, and I was just starting to wrap my head around the fact that I’d be solo parenting for the next few months and then we’d all be joining him. Kind of a lot to think about.

On the plane, my daughter had to sit in front of us as there were only two seats on either side of the aisle. And here’s where the kindness starts. The man seating beside my daughter for the five-hour flight, made sure that her seatbelt was done up, helped her to get the tray down when the drinks came around. These are things that are would have been very difficult for me to do. He also explained to her the ways airplanes fly and what the wings and wheels were doing during take-off (we were seated just behind the wing). She in turn, explained to him the plot of Barbie Princess Charm School. He patiently listened. When our plane arrived in Toronto, he made sure she had all her things, and before I could say thank you he left.

The Toronto airport is a hassle to get around, and we missed our connection to Ottawa because of delays at customs. We were quickly booked on the next flight, and after sorting out food we sat down to wait. I had a car seat for my son, the stroller, and our carry-on bags. And as anyone who’s carried a car seat can attest, those things are bulky and awkward to carry. Then add on wrangling a tired toddler, and it’s tons of fun. Luckily, another family at the boarding area saw my difficulties. The father offered to carry the car seat onto the plane for me, and when we arrived he carried it off the plane and down to the baggage claim.

Both of these acts of kindness made our journey home such a pleasant one. And I would like to thank all of those people very much.


  1. Those are some kind strangers.

    Comment by Capital Mom — February 25, 2012 @ 5:22 pm |Reply

  2. Strangers on planes can be wonderful. I have a similar story. So kind

    Comment by Lara — February 25, 2012 @ 6:07 pm |Reply

  3. I love to hear stories like these. There are never enough!

    Comment by Krista - The Tech Mom — March 1, 2012 @ 9:41 am |Reply

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