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Women Surround Crying Mom Whose Toddler Was Having A Meltdown At The Airport
The Village came through loud and clear for one mom at LAX. A Facebook post about moms helping another mom has gone viral, and it’s an absolutely breathtaking story. Seeing moms helping other moms will never not warm my heart. Because this is hard, you know? Everyday it’s hard. And no one understands that more than another mom.
The viral post about moms helping another mom will restore your faith in humanity.
A woman named Beth Borenstein Dunnington was waiting to board her flight from LAX to Portland. She was at the gate, and there were two other flights to other destinations also waiting to board at different gates. Beth noticed a toddler, probably about 18 months old, absolutely losing his mind.
We’ve all been there, right? Traveling with kids can be … interesting.
Beth says, “A toddler who looked to be eighteen or so months old was having a total meltdown, running between the seats, kicking and screaming, then lying on the ground, refusing to board the plane (which was not going to Portland). His young mom, who was clearly pregnant and traveling alone with her son, became completely overwhelmed… she couldn’t pick him up because he was so upset, he kept running away from her, then lying down on the ground, kicking and screaming again.”
Listen, I love toddlers. I’ve had two of them, and they made it to childhood, so their cuteness obviously outweighed the absolute disasters they were at times. But toddlers can be a handful! And Beth witnessed the moment that this young mom finally broke.
“The mother finally sat down on the floor and put her head in her hands, with her kid next to her still having a meltdown, and started crying.” But then, something amazing happened. Something beautiful and awesome and extraordinary. That mom needed help, and so other women stepped up.
Beth says women in the terminal saw this mom in need, and without even speaking to one another, formed a circle around her and started helping.
She goes on, “the women in the terminal, there must have been six or seven of us, not women who knew each other, approached and surrounded her and the little boy and we knelt down and formed a circle around them. I sang ‘The Itsy Bitsy Spider’ to the little boy… one woman had an orange that she peeled, one woman had a little toy in her bag that she let the toddler play with, another woman gave the mom a bottle of water. Someone else helped the mom get the kid’s sippy cup out of her bag and give it to him.” I’m not crying, you’re crying.
Something extraordinary at LAX today… (writing this on the plane). I was at the gate, waiting to get on my plane to…
The women were able to calm them both down, and they got on their flight to wherever they were headed. Beth ended her story with this: “It occurred to me that a circle of women, with a mission, can save the world. I will never forget that moment.” Neither will we, Beth. Thank you and that circle of women for being the village she needed.