On the first leg of my flight something happened, and this is what I’ve been thinking about. I noticed a mom traveling alone with two young kids, and an off duty pilot had just taken his seat next to them. I was about three rows back and from his mannerisms it was very obvious that he was not happy sitting by two little kids. I quickly offered to trade seats, and he jumped at the opportunity. (One of my biggest pet peeves is people who are short with children. I know kids can be crazy, but we were all once little. Just a little kindness can go such a long way for families and kids). The mother was relieved to have a mom next to her instead of someone less patient. Whilst I enjoyed a few moments of respite from a heavy heart as I helped occupy her children. As it turned out, the mother knew some of our opera friends as it can be a small opera world.
I don’t mean to write this in a boastful way because if anything, I was the beneficiary of a distraction from my loss. I’ve just been wondering about ways me and my little kids can show more daily kindness to people. It’s hard sometimes when I’m out alone with my kids to go out of my way for people, but it is something I hope I am teaching.
Does anyone have some advice about teaching kids kindness? We all need more kindness in our lives.