Recently, new parents Dustin and Caren Moore boarded a Southwest Airlines flight heading from Colorado to California with their newborn daughter. However, this journey was far more emotionally charged than a typical family of three’s domestic travel. For the Moore’s, this was their first flight together as a new adoptive family.
After nine years of heartbreak involving fertility treatments, miscarriages and adoption stress, Dustin and Caren’s dream to become parents finally came true when they adopted their sweet baby girl (whose name they have decided to not share). After flying to Colorado to be present for her birth, they were eager to travel home to Southern California with their 8-day old infant.
When Dustin took his daughter to the back of the plane to change her diaper, a flight attendant named Jenny complimented her beauty and inquired why the family was traveling when the baby was so young. Dustin explained that they were heading home after adopting the girl, which warmed Jenny’s heart.
Another flight attendant named Bobby stopped by and asked about the Moore’s baby. He also lit up with joy upon hearing their adoption story.
Dustin recalls that “the attendant Bobby came on and announced a special guest on the flight—our daughter. ‘She’s just been adopted by her parents Caren and Dustin and is making her way home.'”
Applause filled the plane and a sudden baby shower erupted. Flight attendants asked fellow passengers to offer up wisdom and encouragement as they handed out napkins and pens. Bobby and Jenny collected the napkins and read some over the intercom:
- “Rub each other’s feet and rub the baby’s feet.”
- “Make time for date night.”
- “Always tell her you love her.”
- “Enjoy every minute. It goes by sooo very fast.”
Dustin’s emotionally recalled the profound experience. “We had no expectation they would have done something like that. I get choked up thinking about it.”
Over 60 heartfelt napkins were handed to the Moore’s and their baby was given a set of pilot wings. Flight attendants Bobby and Jenny revealed that they were recently married and had experienced an impromptu wedding shower on their honeymoon flight. They were eager to pay this act of kindness forward.
Dustin recalled this powerful story of kindness on Twitter in February 2020 and his tweets quickly went viral, with nearly 17,000 likes, thousands of retweets and hundreds of kind comments.
Perhaps the most touching note of all read, “I was adopted 64 years ago. Thank you for giving this child a loving family to be part of. Us adopted kids need a little extra love. Congratulations.”
We’re blown away by this story of radical kindness. There’s so much power in paying kindness forward, what ways can you magnify love to strangers around you?