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Mom Thanks Stranger on Plane

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One Canadian mom had a huge thank you for a man who sat next to her daughter on a flight to Philadelphia last week.

In fact, Shanell Mouland's blog post, in which she thanks a stranger whom her daughter Kate called "Daddy" throughout the flight, has gone viral.

"I don't know your name but Kate called you 'daddy' for the entire flight last week and you kindly never corrected her," Mouland writes in the post. "In fact, you didn't even flinch as you could probably tell that she was not confusing you with her own 'daddy' but instead making a judgment regarding your level of 'safety' for her. If she calls you 'daddy' then you better believe she thinks you are alright."

Not only did this helpful stranger show Kate his iPad, he also engaged with the little girl and played with her toys.

This was a big deal—for mom Shanell, but also for 3-year-old Kate, who has autism.

"You could have shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her," Mouland continues. "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."

And while Shanell didn't get the stranger's name, she's written one heck of a shout-out.

Hope he's found out by now just how much that plane trip meant to a mom and her little girl.

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