Let’s face it, traveling across the country on an airplane can be a stressful experience that can dampen even the most laid back of personalities. Not only do you have to make sure that all your TSA ducks are in a row when you pack your carry on luggage, but long security lines, unexpected pat downs, and delayed flights can cause you take on an lot of unwanted emotional baggage.
Beth Bornstein Dunnington wasn’t toting some little ones when she was at LAX waiting for her flight to Portland, but she did spot a bewildered mom try to chase down her energetic toddler. The little guy was refusing to board the plane, and kept running between the seats as if the terminal were his private playground. After he sat down on the ground and started kicking and screaming, some strangers who witnessed the scene decided to put an end to his shenanigans and circled around him like lions about to pounce on their prey but with a much sweeter agenda.
If you’re flying with young children, then you can pretty much forget about having a peaceful trip. Trying to keep energetic toddlers and crying babies under control are one thing when you’re at home, but all eyes are on you if your child so much as lets out hiccup. On her Facebook page, Beth witnessed one such scene unfold, but it came with a surprise ending!
“Something extraordinary at LAX today… (writing this on the plane). I was at the gate, waiting to get on my plane to Portland. Flights to two different cities were boarding on either side of the Portland fight. A toddler who looked to be eighteen or so months old was having a total meltdown, running between the seats, kicking and screaming, then lying on the ground, refusing to board the plane (which was not going to Portland).”
The young mother was clearly pregnant, and since she was traveling alone with her she, she was completely overwhelmed by his high energy trickery. The boy was upset and kept running away from his mom, and after he started kicking and screaming, some strangers approached the boy and did something extraordinary to help calm him down.
The poor mom sat down on the floor next to her son, then put her head in her hands and started crying. The toddler was still having a meltdown, and now she was about to have one too.
“Then, this gorgeous thing (I’m crying just writing this)… the women in the terminal, there must have been six or seven of us, not women who knew each other, approached and surrounded her and the little boy and we knelt down and formed a circle around them. I sang “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” to the little boy… one woman had an orange that she peeled, one woman had a little toy in her bag that she let the toddler play with, another woman gave the mom a bottle of water.”
Another woman retrieved the boy’s sippy cup out of mom’s bag, and lovingly gave it to the boy.
For Beth, the real-life mommy drama that was unfolding was absolutely stunning. It was totally unscripted, but everyone knew their part and the role they played that day should have earned them all an award.
“It was so gorgeous, there was no discussion and no one knew anyone else, but we were able to calm them both down, and she got her child on the plane. Only women approached. After they went through the door we all went back to our separate seats and didn’t talk about it… we were strangers, gathering to solve something.”
Beth said that it occurred to her that “a circle of women, with a mission, can save the world.” She’ll never forget that moment, and neither will anyone else who saw the sisterhood of strangers come together to dole out lots of motherly love.