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True story: As I sit on the plane, I talk w/ an autistic little girl who has braces on both of her legs. Yet she kept saying hello to me and telling her mom... that I was her Spanish Teacher, Ms. Cindy, from somewhere near here in Detroit. She introduced me several times to her bear that was named Kindness. I couldn’t help but notice how kind the mother was to her daughter. She redirected her several times, kept telling her to hold her voice down, and held her hand on take-off & landing. Once we reached the gate, the mother quickly grabbed their things and tried to get her to the front. However, they only got a few rows forward. Everyone could hear the mother say “Hold on to Kindness. Hold on to Kindness.” And would help the girl hug the bear. Naturally my tender heart wanted to cry out to everyone on the plane...”Did you hear what she said? Hold on to Kindness!” I thought how appropriate.
There may have been some annoyed by the little girl talking the whole flight or some may have been shy when the girl wanted to hug them or high-5 them. Even the gate operator named Rebekah in State College, PA got a hug and then a small kiss on the arm from this little girl. Yet the joy this little girl made me think of our world and how we all just “NEED TO HOLD ONTO KINDNESS!”
I talked with the mom coming up the ramp off the plane and told her what a great job she’s doing w/ her daughter. She made several remarks and I told her I knew it had to be tiring, but thanked her for being consistent (the teacher part of me came out). She then told me the little girl was going to have surgery on her legs to correct them. But then she told me how she (the mom) is battling brain cancer and how exhausting her treatments are. My heart sank. I assured her that she would be in my continual thoughts and prayers and how she and her daughter taught everyone a lesson today...... “Hold on to Kindness......you never know what another person is going thru.”
[this is a true story: January 3,2018: flight left State College, PA @ 1:45 pm to Detroit, MI]. I’d love for this story to circulate so we can #1. Pray for both the mom & daughter, they need miracles to occur. #2 Always carry in our hearts & minds to “Hold onto Kindness.” #holdontokindness by Rebecca C. Somers Cleveland, TN
The social media saying #holdontokindness is doing more than going viral, it’s going straight to the hearts of thousands of people.
On Wednesday, Nicole Webster... was trying to get off a crowded flight in Detroit with her 9-year-old daughter, Lillie. Nicole has brain cancer. Lillie has autism and is living with a congenital genetic disorder called 1p36 deletion syndrome. Getting off the flight, Lillie was clutching her stuffed bear named Kindness. Nicole, knowing exactly how to keep her little girl calm in a chaotic situation, kept reminding Lillie to “hold on to Kindness.”
She didn’t know that a teacher was watching her and Lillie.
The teacher made a Facebook post about what she saw and so far it has been shared more than 186,000 times.
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