When most of us hear babies crying in tight spaces — be it elevators, trains or our nightmares — our instincts are generally not to follow the sounds and involve ourselves, and for that, we should all be ashamed.
When Rebekka Garvison boarded a packed, hushed early-morning flight from Kalamazoo, Michigan to Fort Rucker, Alabama with her infant daughter, Rylee, the couple assigned to the seat next to her clearly would have preferred a baby-free flight.
When Rylee began to cry because 5:30 am flights are an ungodly horror show a flight attendant relocated Garvison and Rylee to an empty seat next to Nyfesha Miller, an angel on Earth.
Rather than perfect her eye roll and shuffle uncomfortably in her seat, Miller offered to help the army wife. In a post on Facebook detailing the interaction, Garvison shared,
Rylee wouldn't stop crying... so [Miller] had asked if I didn't mind if she tried and of course I let her. As soon as she had her, Rylee was looking out the window and stopped crying. 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 even carried her off the plane and held her so I could get the stroller and carseat put back together so I wasn't struggling to try and do it all alone.
Garvison tagged Miller in the post, which was since shared over 96,000 times.
Something amazing happened to me today and I will never be able to express how grateful I am for it. If anyone has ever... Posted by Rebekka Garvison on Thursday, September 24, 2015
Miller responded on Facebook to Garvison's expression of gratitude and the amount of attention the story garnered. She wrote,
Just comes to show you how little acts of kindness really do go a long way.
Nyfesha Miller, I can only pray you are on every flight I take for the rest of my life. Babies, please double check Nyfesha's availability prior to boarding.
Citations: New mom thanks stranger for unexpected kind act on plane (CBS News)