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Passenger Reaches Out to Mom Flying Solo With Baby

"You could've just rolled your eyes and been irritated like everyone else"

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If you've ever flown solo with an infant, then you know all the shades of hell it can be.

Mom Rebekka Garvison was staring that hell square in the eye when she boarded a 6 a.m. flight from Michigan to Chicago with four month-old Rylee in tow. She was on her way to surprise her husband in another city, and she needed this flight to go as smoothly as possible.

Then Garvison's worst fears materialized. Her baby girl started to cry and would not settle.

Cue the collective stink eye from all the passengers around her. Oh, this is going to be some flight, you can imagine them thinking through gritted teeth. Probably Garvison was thinking the same herself.

But not Nyfesha Miller. When Garvison moved seats and found herself sitting next to the actress, Miller wasn't flustered. Not in the slightest.

In fact, she offered to hold Rylee. 

Garvison describes what happened next in a Facebook post:


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

"...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 kept saying it wasn't a problem at all and it was actually a comforting feeling for her."

Rylee spent the whole time in the air snoozing in Miller's arms. And everyone enjoyed a more peaceful flight for it.

The mom of three even helped Garvison get her stroller and carseat set up after the plane had landed.

To say that Garvison was grateful for the random act of kindness is kind of an understatement.

"You could've just rolled your eyes and been irritated like everyone else, but you took her and held her the entire flight and let me get some rest and peace of mind. It brought tears to my eyes while I sat there and watched you and Rylee sleeping next to me."

And for her part, Miller enjoyed a nice baby snuggle. 

It's time we stop treating parents who fly solo like scourge of the earth and start lending them a hand. I remember having to do the same when my son was just a few months old. Believe me, it was the absolute last thing I wanted to do, but circumstances left me with no choice.

While all the passengers stared at me like they wanted the ground to swallow me and my baby whole, the only help I got was from a fellow mom travelling solo with her baby. If it wasn't for her help, I don't think I could have managed that seven-hour flight alone.  

It takes village, and that village doesn't go away when you board a plane...

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