Mom Offers To Cuddle Stranger’s Sobbing Infant On Plane After Fellow Passengers Refuse To Help

by Rebecca Endicott
Becca is a writer and aspirational dog owner living in NYC.

We’ve all heard the old expression, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

Nobody understands the truth behind that proverb better than mothers.

Every mom has had a moment where she relied on the kindness of strangers. Likewise, every mom (and many non-moms) have reached out to help a struggling parent in a moment of need, like the kind soul who helped a distraught mom at a McDonald’s.

Recently, mom Kesha Bernard showcased her dedication to “the village,” after she found herself on an airplane, seated a few rows from a mom traveling with three kids.

The youngest, an infant, started to fuss as the flight was delayed on the tarmac, and Kesha noticed that no one was stepping in to help.

Her maternal instincts kicked in immediately. Kesha’s own kids weren’t traveling with her, and she couldn’t stand by and watch another mother struggle.

Scroll through below to read about how she saved the day.

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Kesha Bernard, a professional photographer and mother of two, made a huge impact online this week after sharing a photo of herself on an airplane, holding a stranger’s baby in her lap.

Her post made instant waves, with 173,000 reactions online and nearly 90,000 shares.

Kesha writes:

Here I am on vacation away from my kids (who I absolutely love to death but sometimes you need a break from toddlers) and Im flying with an infant on my lap.

Why? Because Im a decent human being.

Listen… takes a village to raise kids OK? And as a mom of a 3-year-old and 4-year-old, I KNOW this.

And I also know that toddlers can be *ssholes… so first let me just tell you what happened. 

I boarded my flight today at 5:45 a.m. in Seattle. Alaskan airlines flight 674 and I sat down in the middle seat. (Ughh aka the worst seat possible but it’s OK… it’s only a seat)

Anyway, I sit down and theres some weight issue with the plane that needs to be checked out. So everyone is sitting in this full, packed plane.

And a baby starts crying (oh God forbid, right?) Obviously I’m totally used to crying and whining so I tune it out.

Everyone around me starts huffing and puffing and mumbling. 

Then……I hear two kids crying (holy s!#$ — right?) this lady has her toddler having a full-blown meltdown over her seatbelt being on (Toddlers are dramatic. Thats nothing new)

No problem… I have mom powers and totally ignore it… BUT what I CANT ignore is this: 

I hear a woman complaining to this mother (that’s alone with two crying kids) that her child needs to stop kicking her seat.

THEN I hear the mother say “she’s 3, I cant believe you just did that.” Apparently the lady reached behind her and grabbed the child’s leg (aka “oh h*ll no”) 

While this is happening the freaking flight attendant is just standing there… listening. Not even doing anything.

And the older men beside me make remarks like “obviously her way of discipline isn’t working,” so I reply with “she’s probably afraid to do anything… you can’t do anything anymore,” and they stopped talking.

OK, back to the lady in the back. 

You guys… this is a full plane…. and I sat here for 15 mins waiting on someone closer to this woman to offer her help… because I’m surrounded by caring adults, right? (Wrong)

A screaming toddler / crying baby/ and a very well behaved older child. (One grown *ss woman was holding her hands on her ears and making the ugliest faces at this mother… lady are you freaking KIDDING ME?)

SO… being a decent human being, I couldn’t take letting this mother drown back there… (and let me tell you she was being so freaking calm you guys… like I would have already been crying, but she was doing so good)

I get up out of my seat, go a few rows back, and go ask her if she needs help ( apparently thats so hard to do).

She immediately handed me her baby. (This lady was like HOLY H*LL, YESSSSSSSS!)

So ya know, I take her baby and then I have to go sit down for takeoff… the crying stopped (it’s a miracle) so I’m sitting here holding this precious baby that so happens to fall asleep (swooooon). 

My point???? Be nice and considerate. If someone needs help, for God’s sake: HELP THEM. Complaining and mumbling doesn’t do a damn thing except make the person that needs help feel worse (words hurt).

…and back to the lady holding her ears… GROW UP.

(It wasn’t just her hands over her ears. It was more her making faces while doing it and staring in disapproval at the mother of three)

This flight should be ashamed of themselves. You’re telling me I’m the only ONE out of a full plane that was willing to help????

How we can ignore a human in distress [is] beyond me.

Please be kind. Please be considerate. Help one another…it makes everything easier. I promise, you wont die.

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