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HAPPYWRITER7 Posts: 9,723
1/19/14 12:03 P

That mom will never forget the kindness of this man

1/19/14 11:10 A

Lovely story!

XHUNTERX Posts: 974
1/19/14 10:59 A

@ Meowz, hmmm... probably a cultural difference

SLLYONS51 Posts: 3,169
1/19/14 10:41 A

emoticon story. Thanks for sharing

HOLLYM48 Posts: 18,430
1/19/14 10:27 A

wow, that is an awesome story! Makes me think about what I will do next time I am sitting next to a child somewhere!

CHRISTMAS2014 SparkPoints: (1,630)
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1/19/14 10:24 A

In my experience, normally intelligent and mannered people, especially those who appear to have higher education, drop a ton of IQ points and go from adults to preschool aged maturity when they board an aircraft. Fighting about the fact the guy in the seat in front of them reclined their seat so now they have less room, bickering with the flight attendants, not following simple direction, etc. This business traveler was the exception to the expected and normal. That's all the story is about.

--MEOW-- Posts: 4,537
1/19/14 12:48 A

emoticon well, uhmmm that was nice but.... an angel? I mean, well, I don't know... nice guy...

1/18/14 11:19 P

What an awesome story!

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1/18/14 11:03 P

Because people aren't usually that kind, patient and understanding to others. He was obviously working, but he put THAT aside to spend a lot of time with a child he didn't even know!


XHUNTERX Posts: 974
1/18/14 10:46 P

Why is it such a big deal? I don't get it.

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1/18/14 10:36 P

Thanks for providing the name. Below is a link to one of the many articles about this man's friendship:

ahhhh - the power of Google :-)


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1/18/14 10:24 P

Hi, I read the story. The comment earlier that this child was seated without an adult supervising her is not true. The little girl, Kate, was seated with her Mom. The Mom and Dad and their two kids were split up on the plane, each had one child sitting with them. Mr. Kunkel was sitting on the aisle seat, the Mom took the window seat and Kate was in the middle seat. Kate messes with the window shade and is hard to control, so the Mom had to sit her in the middle seat, next to Mr. Kunkle. Thanks Fenway Girl for sharing the story!

Edited by: CHRISTMAS2014 at: 1/18/2014 (22:25)
JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (565,740)
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1/18/14 9:17 P

I cried when I heard this on the news!!! It was very touching!!!!

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1/18/14 6:33 P

As a teacher of children with autism, I often judge a person by how they treat my students. I loved this story!

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1/18/14 5:48 P

What a beautiful story - thank you for sharing :-)


TANITHSEH1011 Posts: 217
1/16/14 5:53 P

Such a great story!

ANDILH Posts: 1,543
1/16/14 5:35 P

I've seen this story and I agree that the man in this story was very kind. I'm bothered by the fact that the child wasn't seated with an adult. The child is very young and should have been seated with an adult no matter what. While the story is great, if I were in that situation I wouldn't have waited for someone to potentially be mean, I would have asked someone to switch seats with me. I have flown several times with my severely multiply impaired sister and we always sit together.

REBCCA SparkPoints: (408,610)
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1/16/14 5:24 P

Thank you for passing on this lovely story FenwayGirl!

Kindness is a treasure and uplifting to hear and witness.
You may like this:

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,868
1/16/14 4:00 P

I saw something so moving on the news last night, it just goes to show you what a small act of kindness can mean in someone's life.
A mom with a special little girl (she was autistic) was boarding a plane, the mom was a little nervous because her little girl doesn't do well on planes. She'd be sitting for almost 3 hrs and for her that was a lot because she loved to run around.
They sat near an angel on the plane a business man who was busy working, the little girl started talking to him and was excited moving around a lot and causing him not to do his work.
The mother was waiting for him to give a dirty look or say something like control your child, but instead he did something wonderful, he put away his paperwork and started to communicate with her.
He sat there for the entire ride playing games, showing her his dogs and she was calm the whole ride, which meant a lot to her mom as she feared the worst going on the plane with her alone.
Her mom thanked him for his kindness and then took to facebook and wrote about the angel that sat near her and her beautiful little girl on the plane. Over 70,000 people saw this and it somehow got back to the man, he was interviewed by ABC news and was so overwhelmed, he thought he did nothing but just give a little girl some attention on a plane, but what he did was give some peace to the little girls mom for those 3 hrs or so.
As they interviewed him you could see him choking up( I'm not sure he knew the little girl was autistic he was just being kind to a child) which of course made me start crying.
I thought what a beautiful story to show on the news when all you hear is how many people got shot in the next act of violence this story showed you that something as simple as taking time to talk to a child, show her some pictures of his dog made such a big difference and calmed down this little angel.
So be kind you never know how it will impact someone's life....

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