What would you do?

Adventures in travel can often include life lessons.

I would like to think that I would have made a different choice if I were in this same situation….

A crowded plane, with only the middle seats available. A young father with dreads down to the middle of his back and a dirty bandana on his head. Two studs in his bottom lip, a worn out backpack on his back, and a cute little baby in one arm who appears to be about a year old. In his other arm, he holds a sippy cup and a little kids book. He obviously has his hands full, and he also looks a little weary.

He walks up and down the aisle looking for a seat. No one is moving, no one is making eye contact. All that is available are the middle seats. He finally picks a seat. Points to the middle seat, and starts to move in. The lady on the aisle, stand up, rolls her eyes, and waits rather impatiently as the man tries to manipulate his way into the tight space with his baby in his arms.

No one offers to move, no one offers to assist him. He quietly excuses himself and settles in to the middle seat.

I’m watching helplessly from a few rows back, stuck in the middle seat myself. Desperately wishing there was something I could do to help him.

Seriously hoping that given the same situation, I would have moved to the middle seat, and let the dad have the aisle seat.


6 thoughts on “What would you do?

  1. Sounds like that was a frustrated moment. I get really irritated when such a simple kindness isn’t offered. I feel like doing nice things for people without looking for something in return is becoming more and more scarce.

    • Becky says:

      Yeah, I wonder sometimes if people are really that rude, or if they just aren’t paying attention to the world around them. I hope it’s because they aren’t paying attention. I know it was a good lesson for me. It really doesn’t take too much effort to share a little kindness, if you just pay attention!

  2. Georgia says:

    I guess this was one of those flights without allocated seating. Whenever I’ve been on those they always seem to let people travelling with children on first anyway, so this would be a rather odd situation. I’d like to say that I would do the kind thing and offer a seat, I have done so before. However I’m also one of those people that would pay extra money for a child-free flight if it were offered. ’nuff said.

    • Becky says:

      It was, and actually it was a connecting flight that had been delayed, so everyone was already on the plane, just waiting for our plane to arrive. But the plane wasn’t full, and there were a lot of empty seats, they just happened to be middle seats. It was a little strange in that the flight attendant even tried to get help for him. I have a feeling that people were more put off by the fathers appearance, then by the child, but that’s just my opinion. The baby didn’t make a sound the whole trip. šŸ™‚
      Now, the next flight I was on…that’s a different story! I might have been willing to pay extra for a child-free flight that time! There was a little guy on that filght that was NOT HAPPY at all! Ahhh well….

  3. A wonderful post! I am looking forward to following your blog, Becky. Best wishes for the New Year.

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