A Texas man’s first solo flight with his young son was a success thanks to the kindness of the stranger seated next to him.
According to abcnews, Evan Hughes, of Fort Worth, was flying home to Dallas Love Field Airport earlier with his 8-month-old son, Ki, after visiting friends in Chicago. Hughes was forced to take a separate flight from his wife, Kari, due to a winter weather storm that upended their travel plans.
Since Hughes’ flight was scheduled to arrive earlier than his wife’s, he was tasked with traveling alone with Ki from Chicago to Atlanta and then Atlanta to Dallas.
It was his 8-month-old’s second flight ever, and according to the dad, his little man was doing pretty well. That is—until he decided he wanted to go see the neighbor in the window seat.
At first, the father tried to comfort his young son and prevent him from crawling all over the stranger sitting next to him. But of course, the woman didn’t mind it one bit.
“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!’”
It turns out that the kind woman was all it took.
“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!”
As soon as the baby fell asleep, she looked over to the dad and jokingly exclaimed, “The power of boobies!”
She then proceeded to tell the dad that if he wanted to take a quick nap, she would hold the child so he could catch up on some sleep.
“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 experience was a healthy reminder that despite a lot of the junk we hear in the news, there are still very good people in the world.
“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!”
The inspiring post from a grateful father quickly went viral, receiving thousands of views on Imgur in just 24 hours.