When traveling with a small child, boarding an aircraft may be a frightening experience. Babies are naturally unpredictable, and a squalling, crying youngster isn’t ideal when you’re in a small environment with a lot of people.
When Kelsey Zwick boarded a flight from Orlando to Philadelphia with Lucy, her 11-month-old baby, she couldn’t have imagined how one of her fellow passengers would respond.
The mother was driving her little daughter to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) with her identical twin sister Eva, who had been born 11 weeks early.
Kelsey had only been in her seat for a few minutes when a flight attendant approached her with a message from a fellow passenger. His remarks brought her to tears…
Lucy was blue and “extremely unwell” when she was delivered. As a result of Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome, a direct complication of Kelsey’s pregnancy, the young girl was suffering from severe chronic lung illness at just 29 weeks of life. Shortly after she was born, the baby’s lungs were put on maximum support.
Lucy and Eva were finally able to go home after being forced to stay in the NICU for several months. Lucy needs oxygen 24 hours a day for a long time after that.
Jason Kunselman, an industrial engineer by trade, was returning home on his birthday after spending the previous year in Florida. For that reason, he had purchased a first-class ticket and was settling down to prepare for his adventure when he noticed Kelsey and Lucy boarding.
This man saw Lucy’s oxygen machine, which couldn’t fit in the overhead lockers and had to sit next to Kelsey for the whole of the flight.
Before he summoned the flight attendant, he had devised a strategy.
“We had grins on our faces as we were off to meet her ‘friends’ at CHOP,” Kelsey said on Facebook.
“We pre-boarded the plane, settled into our window seat, and made jokes about having to sit next to my yelling-but-happy infant to people around us.”
A flight attendant approached Kelsey Zwick at that point and informed her that the courteous man in 2D was waiting to transfer seats.
“You were giving up your luxurious, first-class seat to us,” Kelsey noted in her article.
Jason’s gesture had such an impact on her that she began to cry. “I wept my way up the aisle, unable to hold back emotions, while my daughter Lucy giggled!” She could feel it in her bones as well… genuine, unadulterated goodness. As we switched, I smiled and thanked you, but I didn’t get a chance to thank you properly. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, Not only for the seat, but also for being noticed. For seeing us and understanding that life isn’t always easy. You for opting to undertake a random act of kindness for us.
“It made me realize how much good exists in the world.” I’m excited to tell Lucy about it someday. We’ll pay it forward in the meanwhile. It was a hand motion that said, “I SEE you, and here’s what I can do.”
“I couldn’t help but think as I sat in the spacious seat. First, there was the lengthy period of uncertainty about whether or not we would be able to have children of our own. We were pregnant and discovered that we had TTTS, an uncommon condition. When I was pregnant, we had to fly across the country overnight for fetal surgery. We weren’t sure if they’d make it through the operation, but these ladies are warriors! They performed a fantastic job!”
Jason Kunselman’s Facebook post received thousands of likes, comments, and shares from people all around the world. A small act of kindness may not appear to be significant at the moment, yet it is precisely these acts that prove to be significant in the long term. The world would be a better place to live in if we all did our hardest to be attentive and do at least one kind act every week.