This act of compassion immediately went viral on social media, garnering hundreds of wonderful responses. It may appear like negativity pervades our environment at times. However, we must keep in mind that there are a lot of very wonderful people out there as well.
Alexa Bjornson gave her seven-year-old son Landon a message to deliver to the person sitting next to him on a airplane trip he was taking alone, for the first time. Landon has high-functioning autism and was travelling to Portland, Oregon, to be with his father.
Alexa, 28, said farewell to her son with much apprehension. However, the precautions she took to ensure Landon’s safety paid off in an unexpected way, warming her heart.
Alexa said on Facebook in a post that has now gone viral: “I sent Landon with a letter to give to whoever sat next to me, saying he has high functioning autism so he might be nervous and ask you ‘are we there yet’ a lot, and please just make him feel safe and comfortable, with 10 dollars in the note.”
Alexa made sure her boy boarded the plane with the message to deliver to whoever seated next to him since she wasn’t sure how he’d behave on the journey. Landon’s conduct might be better understood with the memo. He may question, “Are we there yet?” repeatedly. She also added a $10 in advance as a token of her appreciation for the stranger’s company.
The mom wrote a short note in the hope of ensuring her son’s safety and comfort throughout the journey from Las Vegas to Portland.
“I thought, how do I make it so whoever’s sitting next to him won’t look at him as a burden but more of like, I can help this kiddo get through the day,” Alexa Bjornson recalled.
And who did Landon end up sitting next to on the plane? Ben Pedraza who is a wonderful person.
Pedraza recalled, “We were cracking jokes, and after a time, he begged me to stop making dad jokes.”
Landon offered Ben the message from his mother, as well as the $10, but he refused to take the money. He was delighted to keep the small child company on the flight, and the two of them had a fantastic time. Actually, he intended to take a picture of the two of them.
Ben sent a photo of himself with Landon and the loveliest message of reasurance to Alexa at the end of the flight.
“(Landon) did ask if we were there yet several times but he was a great travel buddy. He writes, “We had a good time and played a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors.” anding “He’s a great kid and you’re a lucky mom.”
He not only surprised the mother by delivering such a kind and caring note, but he also gave the $10 to The Autism Society. Of course, it’s in honor of Landon.
Alexa was overcome with emotion when she got the letter and felt compelled to share the touching tale on Facebook.
My kid flew to Oregon for the first time today to meet his father. I gave Landon a note to present to whoever sat next to him on the plane…
The photo, along with Ben’s letter, went viral almost immediately after it was posted online. It has been shared thousand times since it was uploaded. Ben’s caring approach and acts with Landon wowed the crowd.
“It is so GREAT to hear that there are still some GREAT people who still have a heart, & show kindness beyond belief in situations such as this one, especially with the screwed up world we live in today! One reader stated, “Ben you’re truly an amazing person, and the kindness you showed towards Landon is something that won’t ever be forgotten.”
“That is sooooo nice!!“ So glad there are amazing people still in this crazy world,” one person commented. After traveling across the world, Ben’s photo drew the attention of the females, who inquired if he was single.
“I’m off the market for sure, definitely, but I’m flattered,” he remarked.