A Kalamazoo, Michigan, mother was touched by a stranger’s act of kindness while on a flight to visit her husband.
Rebekka Garvison was traveling to Fort Rucker, Alabama, to visit her husband, who’s in the Army. Garvison wrote in a Facebook post that she was nervous about traveling alone with her newborn daughter, Rylee.
Upon boarding the plane, she noticed that the people next to her seemed unhappy about sitting next to a mother with a baby.
“Of course I'm already stressing and then Rylee started crying when we were just getting ready to taxi. I decided to ask the other flight attendant if I could move up 2 rows where there were 2 empty seats next to each other and I'd have more room to do stuff,” she wrote.
“She said yes and next thing I know I was sitting next to this amazing woman! I'm not sure if she could tell how stressed and upset I looked or what, but she turned our day completely around. Rylee wouldn't stop crying no matter what I would try and do....so she had asked if I didn't mind if she tried and of course I let her.”
Garvison went on to explain that the woman was able to get Rylee to stop crying once she got a hold of her.
“When we got in the air she fell right asleep and slept in her lap the whole flight until we got to our gate. She kept saying it wasn't a problem at all and it was actually a comforting feeling for her,” she wrote.
The woman, Nyesha Miller, even carried the baby off of the plane and held her while Garvison prepared her baby’s carseat and stroller.
“You could've just rolled your eyes and been irritated like everyone else, but you took her and held her the entire flight and let me get some rest and peace of mind,” she wrote to Miller at the end of the post.
"It brought tears to my eyes while I sat there and watched you and Rylee sleeping next to me. I just couldn't believe how that ended up working out and how caring you were to us.”
Garvison’s story quickly went viral, garnering over 70,000 shares on Facebook.
“I'm absolutely blown away by the amazing response this has received,” Miller commented after Garvison’s post began to spread across social media.
“Just comes to show you how little acts of kindness really do go a long way. I'm grateful and appreciative of your kind words and shares. May God keep us all encouraged to be better people everday!! God Bless!!”