This was best described by Rebecca that we met on the plane when she stated:
True story: As I sit on the plane, I talk w/ an autistic little girl who has braces on both of her legs. Yet she kept saying hello to me and telling her mom that I was her Spanish Teacher, Ms. Cindy, from somewhere near here in Detroit. She introduced me several times to her bear that was named Kindness. I couldn’t help but notice how kind the mother was to her daughter. She redirected her several times, kept telling her to hold her voice down, and held her hand on take-off & landing. Once we reached the gate, the mother quickly grabbed their things and tried to get her to the front. However, they only got a few rows forward. Everyone could hear the mother say “Hold on to Kindness. Hold on to Kindness.” And would help the girl hug the bear. Naturally my tender heart wanted to cry out to everyone on the plane...”Did you hear what she said? Hold on to Kindness!” I thought how appropriate.
There may have been some annoyed by the little girl talking the whole flight or some may have been shy when the girl wanted to hug them or high-5 them. Even the gate operator named Rebekah in State College, PA got a hug and then a small kiss on the arm from this little girl. Yet the joy this little girl made me think of our world and how we all just “NEED TO HOLD ONTO KINDNESS!”
I talked with the mom coming up the ramp off the plane and told her what a great job she’s doing w/ her daughter. She made several remarks and I told her I knew it had to be tiring, but thanked her for being consistent (the teacher part of me came out). She then told me the little girl was going to have surgery on her legs to correct them. But then she told me how she (the mom) is battling brain cancer and how exhausting her treatments are. My heart sank. I assured her that she would be in my continual thoughts and prayers and how she and her daughter taught everyone a lesson today...... “Hold on to Kindness......you never know what another person is going thru.”
[this is a true story: January 3,2018: flight left State College, PA @ 1:45 pm to Detroit, MI]. I’d love for this story to circulate so we can #1. Pray for both the mom & daughter, they need miracles to occur. #2 Always carry in our hearts & minds to “Hold onto Kindness.”
We we’re who she met on me plane. I am Nicole with my daughter Lillie. I am a single mother fighting brain cancer with my daughter. We have what we can to get by without the ability to work. We have fought for over 9 years for my daughters 1p36 deletion syndrome and autism as well as my year and a half with brain cancer thus far. It has taught us so much. How to stand strong and fight hard. How to be humble and smile and how to love even when acceptance isn’t always found. We fight strong and we send our love because kindness