The kindness of a stranger can change your day for the better and give you an unforgettable reminder that there is still good in this world. When a woman named Mackenzie Murphy witnessed an unexpected act of compassion on her flight, her faith in humanity had been restored. In a recent submission to Love What Really Matters, Murphy recounts the moment in which one mom helped another mom during a stressful and tiresome dilemma.
A woman with twin babies had just boarded Murphy's "very packed fight" when she learned her babies' car seat had been stored under the plane. This meant she would have to sit through a flight holding two babies in her lap. According to Murphy, the twins appeared to be younger than 6 months and could not sit up on their own. If you've ever been a parent travelling with small children, or even a person who has ever been on a flight with babies or kids, you know that it can be quite the hassle, to say the least. Murphy says that a flight attendant immediately informed the mom that she could not hold both babies during the flight and would have to debark the plane.
Luckily, another mother, who sat in front of Murphy, offered to help.
"A mother sitting in front of me, with permission from the other mother, volunteered to hold one of her babies for the entire flight," Murphy said. "Keep in mind this was a flight that was supposed to be a quick 45 minutes. We ended up sitting on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours! Without a complaint this woman fed the other woman's baby and burped him."
The mother who offered to help was also traveling with her little girl. When her daughter started to cry, the mom calmly explained to her that the other mom really needs their help right now. According to Murphy, she said, "[It's]our job is to help other people. This mom is all by herself with no help, and really needs another mom to help."
The mom who offered to help knew all too well how difficult to travel with small children, especially alone.
"My heart still feels fuzzy," Murphy said. "Moral of the story is when you see people needing help, do the right thing and help them."
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