An anxious mother wrote a heartwarming letter to a “macho looking” man after he teats her toddler with kindness on Westjet flight 1221 from Fort Lauderdale to Toronto at 9:30 p.m.
The mother was anxious that the passenger next to them would be disappointed with her little child throughout the flight. But her fear was swiftly dispelled by a man in his late 20s–finally identified as Ali Hyseni–who showed a compassionate and patient attitude for the little one.
The mother thanks Hyseni–whose name she does not know then–for all the awesome things he has done as a prime example of how people should treat children in Love What Matters Facebook post.
“I didn’t get your name, but thank you so much for grabbing his blanket the numerous times he dropped it, half asleep. Thank you for making sure to point your cabin light away from him when he finally did fall asleep. Thank you for being kind and engaging him even though you weren’t obligated to do so. Thank you for offering him (and us) candy and gum for his ears. Thank you for letting him rest his little tired legs and feet on you. And thank you for offering to get down all of our overhead luggage so he wouldn’t be disturbed.”
That was the boy’s second flight, and his mother was concerned that he would be too tired and emotional because it was too late.
“The moment I saw you (a big, macho looking guy in probably your late twenties), I was worried that you wouldn’t take kindly to and would be offput by sitting beside a small child. I was completely wrong, and for that I am so grateful,” the mother wrote in her letter.
“The seatbelt sign remained on for quite a good portion of our flight for turbulence, which meant instead of sitting and being comforted on mine or grandpa’s lap, he had to be belted in beside you instead.
“Thank you for making our flight experience a lesson in compassion and empathy for others. That little boy will grow into a man one day (hopefully like you) and he will get a lot more out of your simple actions than you realize. You will make a wonderful father some day if you so choose”, the anxious mother finished her letter.
According to SBLY Shareably, the generous stranger—Ali Hyseni—humbly answered back when the letter went viral with over 60 thousand likes.
“It was such a pleasure to meet such a loving family. Although he doesn’t show in this picture, the young boy’s grandfather should be the one receiving all this recognition. His patience and kindness towards his grandson were heartwarming… We should all strive to be like this man.”