When Dustin Moore and his wife Caren brought their newly adopted baby daughter on an airplane to go to her home, they had all the anxieties traveling parents have: would the baby scream and annoy everyone? Puke up? Need constant diaper changes? He did what many parents on airplanes with babies do—apologize constantly to fellow passengers. The response he received totally bolstered his faith in humanity, and he shared the story in a now-viral tweet.
Not too long ago, my wife and I boarded a @SouthwestAir flight with our recently adopted infant daughter.— Dustin Moore, MS, RD (@theamericanrd) February 9, 2020
W/ clearance to return home to California, my wife carried our precious bundle, while I offered numerous apologies to passengers while maneuvering the aisle with 4 bags. /2
Moore told CBS News he and his wife picked their newborn daughter up in Colorado, where she was born. She was only eight days old when they boarded the flight home to California.
Moore wrote that during the flight, his daughter woke up and needed a diaper change. He asked for help finding a place to change her, and a flight attendant named Jenny prepared a space in the back of the plane for them. A few minutes later another attendant named Bobby asked about the infant and congratulated the couple.
About mid flight, our daughter awoke and politely informed us she wanted a new new diaper. After inquiring about space for a table change, a thoughtful flight attendant (named Jenny) cleared a space in the back of the plane and gave us privacy. /3— Dustin Moore, MS, RD (@theamericanrd) February 9, 2020
Then, the new parents received a surprise: an announcement over the loudspeaker congratulating them! But it didn’t end there. Bobby explained that he and the crew would pass out pens and napkins to everyone so that they could share advice and encouragement to the family.
Then, we heard the intercom. 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.”— Dustin Moore, MS, RD (@theamericanrd) February 9, 2020
The entire cabin erupted in cheers and applause. /6
He then shared that the crew would pass out pens and napkins to everyone, and anybody who wanted to share a word of advice or encouragement for our family was welcome to do so.— Dustin Moore, MS, RD (@theamericanrd) February 9, 2020
We sat in speechless gratitude, as people kept peeking over their chairs to congratulate us. /7
Some of the advice? “Rub each other’s feet, and rub the baby’s feet,” “always tell her you love her,” and “drink lots of wine!” Sounds solid!
The crew gathered the napkins, then read a few of their favorites over the intercom.— Dustin Moore, MS, RD (@theamericanrd) February 9, 2020
“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.”
“Drink lots of wine!” /8
To make things even more special, the Moores received a set of pilot wings for their baby girl.
The Moores eventually found out that Jenny and Bobby were actually a couple.
“We learned they were married, and that someone had done a similar act for them on their honeymoon flight,” Moore said—Jenny wanted to pay it forward.
Moore further shared that the “outpouring of love from that flight” helped boost their confidence as new parents who had been trying a long time to have a child.
But theres more. What all of those perfect strangers and attendants did not know, was the emotionally tender state of two brand-new parents. Parents who after 9 years of trying had been blessed with their first child. Parents who felt scared, but determined in their new role. /11— Dustin Moore, MS, RD (@theamericanrd) February 9, 2020
“The outpouring of love from that flight, brought on by the actions of two thoughtfully observant flight attendants… it exceeds my ability to describe what it meant to us,” Moore wrote. “How much those wings and written notes uplifted two new parents determined to love their new daughter.”
This website is used oft as a means to share what’s wrong.— Dustin Moore, MS, RD (@theamericanrd) February 9, 2020
I hope you’ll take time to share what is good. In a world of turmoil, don’t forget to showcase the Bobby’s and Jenny’s, the kind strangers out there.
And if they don’t cross your path, be one. Seek good, or create it. pic.twitter.com/XMxkJXkh18
Moore finished his Twitter thread by reminding his followers to “take time to share what is good…seek good, or create it.”
I don’t know about you, but it sounds like they’re going to be great parents.