Stephanie Hollifield, 33, had a very tiring day. She was taking a cross-country flight with her beloved two-year-old daughter Haley. So far, Haley had been on her best behavior and mom could not have been prouder. However, as soon as she saw the passenger who was going to be next to her on the plane, she realized that something was wrong because that person greeted her not with a smile but with “loud sighs” and “overdramatic huffs and puffs.”
Because parents already have to deal with a lot of stress when traveling with their young children, Hollifield recognized when the other passenger was trying to be passive aggressive. The other person “was annoyed by our very presence” even though Haley had not even made a peep or done anything to warrant aggravation.
The mommy blogger, who lives in Georgia, hated the way the other passenger treated her and her adopted daughter. That’s why she decided to write about the incident on Facebook.
She explained how Haley “was laughing and playing, obviously too loud for your liking. I wondered if you had a bad day, or if this grouchy temperament was your normal behavior.”
The person who was outraged that he was anywhere near a toddler on Flight 1451 received a long open letter from Hollifield via her Momstrosity Facebook page. She wrote:
“I first noticed you when you sighed loudly as you laid eyes on me and my toddler boarding the plane. In a momentary lapse of judgment, we sat behind you. It was the nearest set of seats, and I couldn’t wait to put my child and our heavy bags down. From the overdramatic huffs and puffs you let out as we buckled in, it was clear that you were annoyed by our very presence.”
Hollifield then writes about how her daughter Haley did nothing to warrant the “gentleman’s” reaction. Because the man could not contain his outrage at being disturbed by the cute laughs of a two-year-old, Hollifield wrote:
“I wondered if your wife was embarrassed as she quietly nodded at your frustrations. I wondered if you had children of your own. I wondered a lot about you. Did you wonder about us?”
She wrote, “Did you wonder about this mom and (her) little girl who were flying alone? We were so excited to go on an adventure, but I was also very nervous. This was the first time that I had ever flown with a child, and I was making half of the trip without my husband. For weeks, I researched tips for flying with kids. I packed toys and games and books and downloaded movies. I dosed up my child with Benadryl, but it didn’t work. She only slept 20 minutes on a cross country flight.”
After a lengthy post, Hollifield concluded with the following:
“I get it, kids can be a nuisance, but next time you are forced to be near one, I hope that you will be more like the flight attendant. I hope that instead of frustration and annoyance, you feel hope and goodness. This world certainly has enough negativity without us adding to it, and just maybe the kindness you give out today, will be returned to you in the future.”
What do you think about this mom’s response to the negative passenger?
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