You know all those stories about people hating babies on planes? This isn't one of those. In fact it's a baby-on-a-plane story that will warm the cockles of your heart. After all, it's not every day an entire plane filled with people throws a baby shower mid-flight.
After nine years of infertility, Dustin and Caren Moore finally became parents late last year, flying from their home in California, to Colorado to pick up their newborn daughter.
Filled with gratitude - though "scared and emotionally-tender" - the pair boarded a Southwest Airlines flight home with their precious cargo where a flight attendant enquired after their baby.
Mr Moore admitted to a "difficult week" before sharing a story on Twitter that he hoped would "uplift" people. It has now been liked more than 16,000 times.
"About mid-flight, our daughter awoke and politely informed us she wanted a 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."
He continued, "After a change, Jenny and another passenger complimented my beautiful daughter and politely asked what had prompted a flight with such a young infant. I gave them the shortened adoption story, to which they hastily offered congratulations, and shared a few more kind remarks."
"About 10 minutes later, another attendant (named Bobby) greeted us with a warm smile, and inquired about our daughter. We repeated the story with a few details, and he congratulated us before walking away. My wife and I exchanged curious looks, but thought nothing more about it," Mr Moore wrote.
And then, in a gesture sweet enough to bring tears to anyone's eyes, an announcement was made.
Mr Moore recalled," 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.'"
To which, "the entire cabin erupted in cheers and applause."
"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. We sat in speechless gratitude, as people kept peeking over their chairs to congratulate us," he wrote.
The crew gathered the napkins, then read a few of their favourites 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
It turned out that the two flight attendants Bobby and Jenny were married and that people had extended them the same gesture on their honeymoon flight.
They wanted to pay the joy they felt forward, and saw the "perfect opportunity" upon meeting the couple and their new baby girl. Mr Moore wrote that their "hearts were full," as people continued to offer their congratulations as they disembarked the plane.
This isn't where the story ends, however. Mr Moore continued to share the rest.
"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 nine years of trying had been blessed with their first child. Parents who felt scared, but determined in their new role."
He added, "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. How much those wings and written notes uplifted two new parents determined to love their new daughter."
He then urged people to extend such kindness to others.
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
Of all the advice imparted on those now prized notes from passengers, Mr Moore told Today that there was one which really stood out.
"On one of the last ones, a person had written down they were adopted 64 years ago and 'Us adopted kids need extra love,'" he said.
"It was nice to have that person on that plane who gave use the foresight and helped us realise everything will be fine," he explained.
"We want our daughter to live a good life and be a wonderful person. That person being on the plane was serendipitous."