A harried mother trying to surprise her Army husband boarded a flight and her new born would not stop crying.
A fellow passenger took the child and it became quiet.
Rebekka Garvison was traveling from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Fort Rucker, Alabama to surprise her husband, Nick, a member of the U.S. Army, but was apprehensive about flying for her first time with her young daughter, Rylee.
With the 5.30am flight almost full, she asked the flight attendant if she could change to a new row where there were two free seats, with another woman, Nyfesha Miller, sitting by the window.
Garvison became worked up when Rylee started crying and Miller, sensing her uneasiness, asked if she might try and calm the little girl, CBS News reported.
Garvison explained on Facebook: ‘I’m not sure if she could tell how stressed and upset I looked or what, but she turned our day completely around.’
‘Rylee wouldn’t stop crying no matter what I would try and do….so she had asked if I didn’t mind if she tried and of course I let her.
‘When we got in the air she fell right asleep and slept in her lap the whole flight until we got to our gate.’
Garvison said she was worried it was too much to ask of Miller, however the ‘amazing’ woman her it was quite the contrary – the found the whole thing ‘comforting’.
‘She even carried her off the plane and held her so I could get the stroller and carseat put back together so I wasn’t struggling to try and do it all alone,’ Garvison wrote on her Facebook.
While still on the plane, Garvison snapped a photo of Miller holding Rylee, after both had dosed off.
She posted the photo and her story to Facebook, only to have it shared over 85,000 times.
Garvison said she was ‘blow away’ from the online response.
However she was mostly just taken back with the kindness of Miller herself.
‘Nyfesha Miller, you will never understand how happy this act of kindness has made my family,’ Garvison said.
‘You could’ve just rolled your eyes and been irritated like everyone else, but you took her and held her the entire flight and let me get some rest and peace of mind.’