Pretty much the best thing that can happen to you on a plane, aside from being upgraded, is having no one sit in the seat next to you. On the flip side having an energetic kid sit next to you can make it tough to relax. Especially someone else’s kid.
That’s what happened to one couple who were flying from Indianapolis to Baltimore last week. It was Southwest Airlines, which doesn’t do assigned seats, and everyone who passed by an unaccompanied young girl chose not to sit beside her. The couple, however, parked it right next to her.
And that’s not all they did, according to one passenger’s Facebook post.
Fellow passenger Josh Haltom was sitting across the aisle from the young girl, and he not only watched as countless passengers strolled past her row for safer pastures, he saw what happened after the couple that claimed the adjacent seats sat down.
The girl was traveling from Baltimore to see her mother, and she was clearly excited. She was also energetic and talkative, which is probably what everyone else on the plane was hoping to avoid by sitting elsewhere. But not only did the couple who sat beside her not avoid it, but they also embraced it. And then some.
Haltom detailed the couple’s patience, and tolerance, and obvious kindness as they let their row-mate dictate the terms of their flight, and, in Haltom’s appreciative terms, “they just rolled with it.” First, she chatted their ears off. Then she commandeered their drink orders, for a very specific reason: watercoloring!
“As drinks were being served the couple didn’t even get a chance to voice their requests because they were cutoff by the young girl stating “I’ll take water with a straw and so will they so we can paint!”
As the flight went on, the couple allowed the little girl to run things, listening to her talk, participating in the water-coloring session, and, in the man’s case, even allowing her to adorned him with her Marvel stickers.
“As I type this the man next to her is being covered with Marvel stickers. They are on his ears, in his beard, arms, everywhere. And he is just rolling with it.”
As he wrapped up his post, Haltom praised the couple for their kindness:
“Moral of the story: There is good in this world. In fact there is more good than bad in this world if we just open our eyes to it. There isn’t a script or instruction manual for love. You just have to roll with it.”
Sometimes it’s not just about who sits next to you on a flight, it’s about how you react when they do.