We've all been there: you board an overcrowded flight, you're in the middle seat, you're already hating your life, it can't get any worse, and then you look to your left and see a BABY! What did I do to deserve this? you think. Who are the monsters that thought this was a good idea? Why can't they accommodate ME?! Calm down, sparky. Good parents exist in the world, and at least one set of parents is taking steps to remedy this nightmare.
These parents of 18-month-old twins (twins!) were dreading flying because of this exact social dilemma. So, they decided to extend a "Please don't hate us" peace offering to their fellow passengers in the way of chocolate and a note. One of those passengers, Christina Galese, shared the gift, the note, and her story with the Facebook page Love What Matters:
Here's what Christina wrote:
As I was boarding a flight from EWR to Orlando today, I noticed most people pass up two rows of seats about half way down the plane. As I got closer, I found one row with a father and his 18-month old daughter and the other row with his wife and the daughter's twin. Because I don't mind children (and knew I had my headphones for later on, just in case) I opted for the window seat next to the father and one of the twins. The rest of the passengers boarded and the middle seat in between us was eventually occupied. Before the flight took off, the parents passed around these goodie bags to the other passengers around them. Such a thoughtful, simple act of kindness that I am so happy to have experienced.
And for the record, the twins were the most adorable and well-behaved little girls ever!! I never had to reach for the ear plugs once -- the only time I opened the bag was to have a piece of chocolate. I hope this family has the most wonderful vacation!
There's also the note the parents included. Look past the weird first-person baby voice the note is written in (stop doing this to your kids and/or pets, it's creepy AF), and you'll see two caring and responsible parents being considerate:
Our names are Ashley & Abby. We're twins, we just turned 18 months and this is our first time on an airplane! We are heading to FL to see Grandma & Grandpa, and Mommy & Daddy said something about a mouse. We'll try to keep our cool, but in case we decide to get crazy, we've provided a sweet treat and some earplugs for your enjoyment. Thank you for understanding and enjoy your flight!
All the kudos to these two most awesome parents*!
*But next time, give out dark chocolate. It's healthier.