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Stranger Helps New Mom on Airplane, Proves Kindness Still Exists

One of the most anxiety-ridden things a new mom can do is get on an airplane by herself with her very young baby. The idea of being trapped in a small steel box with a bunch of possibly unsympathetic people is almost enough to make many moms swear off flying. That was the case when Rebekka Garvison decided to make the trek from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Fort Rucker, Alabama, with her baby daughter Rylee to surprise her U.S. Army husband.

When Garvison boarded the plane, she quickly took stock and realized that a) the flight was full and b) it was silent. She quickly went to find her seat only to discover a couple seated next to her that already looked annoyed at having to sit next to a baby. And as baby timing always has it, that's when Rylee started to cry.

The desperate mother asked a flight attendant if she could move a few rows back where there were some empty seats and soon found herself sitting next to Nyfesha Miller. And that's when the course of this frazzled mom's day changed for the better.

According to Garvison, "Rylee wouldn't stop crying no matter what I would try and do ... so [Miller] had asked if I didn't mind if she tried and of course I let her. As soon as she had her, Rylee was looking out the window and stopped crying. When we got in the air, she fell right asleep and slept in her lap the whole flight until we got to our gate. She kept saying it wasn't a problem at all and it was actually a comforting feeling for her."

Miller even went so far as to carry Rylee off the plane, allowing Garvison the much needed free hands to put the stroller and carseat back together at the gate.

Afterwards the grateful mom posted her story on Facebook in the hopes of reaching Miller to thank her directly, which, thanks to the power of the Internet, she has.

Miller commented on the viral post that she's overwhelmed by just how far their story has reached and that it "just comes to show you how little acts of kindness really do go a long way."

And from all the moms in the world—who can always use an extra set of hands and some kind words—thank you, Nyfesha Miller. The world would certainly be a better place if there were more people like you in it.

Photograph by: Facebook/Rebekka Garvison

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