When Shanell planned to fly from Florida to Philadelphia with her 3-year-old daughter Kate who has autism, she knew that the plane ride would be traumatic for her little girl.
She didn’t expect what would happen when she boarded the plane: Eric, a business man, asked to be sit next to them during the flight. Kate, the little girl began calling him “Daddy” and Eric entertained the girl for the entire flight.
When Shanell came home she posted a blog post titled “Dear ‘Daddy’ in seat 16C Flight 1850 From Philly.” The note went viral immediately.
Here’s a touching excerpt:
“You walked up and sat down with your briefcase and your important documents and I had a vision of Kate pouring her water all over your multi-million-dollar contracts, or house deeds, or whatever it was you held. You could have shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her. You could have given me that ‘smile’ that I despise because it means; ‘manage your child please.’ You did none of that. You engaged Kate in conversation and you asked her questions about her turtles. She could never really answer your questions but she was so enamored by you that she keep eye contact and joint attention on the items you were asking her about.”
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