Kate2I would surely be nervous taking a small child on a 2 1/2 hour airplane trip.

It would make me even more nervous if the child had autism.

Shanell Mouland accepted the challenge and boarded the plane from Philadelphia to Bangour, Maine with 3-year-old Kate.

Instead of getting uptight with the child, a seat-mate made friends with Kate.

Her mother posted a tender note to the stranger on her blog, “‘Dear Daddy in Seat 16C Flight 1850 From Philly.”

If you have a chance, read the full text of her note.  It will warm ANY heart.

I don’t know your name but Kate called you ‘daddy’ for the entire flight last week and you kindly never corrected her.  In fact, you didn’t even flinch as you could probably tell that she was not confusing you with her own ‘daddy’

You could have shifted uncomfortably in your seat.  You could have ignored her.  You could have given me that ‘smile’ that I despise because it means; ‘manage your child please.’  You did none of that.  You engaged Kate in conversation and you asked her questions about her turtles.”

The mother repeats some of the conversations between Kate and the stranger, then concludes, “Thank you for not making me repeat those awful apologetic sentences that I so often say in public.  Thank you for entertaining Kate so much that she had her most successful plane ride, yet.  And, thank you for putting your papers away and playing turtles with our girl.






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