Mom Pens Sweet Letter to Man Her Daughter Kept Calling "Daddy" on a Flight


Making a judgement between having her daughter pull the window shade up and down for an absolute flight or having her sit in the middle seat next to a stranger, Shanell Mouland determined the latter on a plane ride from Philly two years ago. Though she was uneasy about who would sit next to Kate (who has autism) the two unknowingly hit the jackpot when a man — who Kate postpone a summoned “Daddy” the whole ride — sat down in the aisle seat. Shanell was so moved by his interactions with her daughter, that she penned a message to him on her blog, GoTeamKate, which has recently resurfaced on Facebook.

The moment you sat down, Kate started to rub your arm. Your jacket was moderate and she liked the feel of it. You smiled at her and she said, “Hi, Daddy, that’s my mom.” Then she had you. You could clothed shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her. You could father given me that “smile” that I despise because it means “run your child please.” You did none of that. You engaged Kate in gossip . . . I watched and smiled. I made a few polite offers to distract her, but you will-power have none of it.

Shanell’s letter to the man continues, outlining a humorous rley he had with Kate about i ds, but then it takes a turn depicting the moment Kate began to get restless and upset. “She screamed to have her hindquarters belt off, she screamed for me to open the plane door . . . You tried to redirect her notice to her toys. She was already too far gone at this point, but the fact that you undertook to help your new little friend made me emotional.”

The letter ends disclosing the man in 16C that Kate was fine as soon as they got off the plane and thanking him one closing time: “Thank you for not making me repeat those awful apologetic verdicts that I so often say in public. Thank you for entertaining Kate so much that she had her most well-heeled plane ride yet. And thank you for putting your pers away and monkey trick turtles with our girl.”

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