10.08.2022

Selfless man helps a mother in the ultimate act of kindness

Have you been seated between two screaming children on a flight across the country? It’s something out of a nightmare. I’m one of those people that will do anything to avoid children on a flight.

Todd Walker is the complete opposite. Walker was recently on an American Airlines flight with Jessica Rudeen and her two children, a 4-month-old baby and 3-year-old toddler. Like any other flight, Rudeen’s children started crying immediately but luckily Walker was seated nearby and stepped-up to the plate to help calm the children down.

“Once I asked her to sit down, she started to get nervous and scared and it turned into a full meltdown. I tried everything I could to convince her to sit. She was having none of it and started screaming, “I don’t want to go, I want to get off the plane,” Rudeen said.

“I honestly had no idea what was going on. Then I see this mom coming around the corner, and she has these giant eyes that are just filled with fear. Her kids are tired and angry and stressed,” Walker told Insider.

Jessica Rudeen’s Facebook post reads:

“My first flights with an infant and a toddler started out with a little panic when we boarded the plane. My 4 month old was screaming his head off because, due to a series of unexpected events, I was unable to nurse him before boarding the plane. My 3 year old, who was excited before boarding the plane, lost her nerve and began screaming and kicking “I want to get off the plane! I don’t want to go!” I honestly thought we’d get kicked off the plane. So with two kids losing their minds, I was desperately trying to calm the situation. This man reached for the baby and held him while I forced a seatbelt on Caroline, got her tablet and started her movie. Once she was settled and relatively calmed, he distracted her so that I could feed Alexander. Finally, while we were taxiing, the back of the plane no longer had screams. During the flight, he colored and watched a movie with Caroline, he engaged in conversation and showed her all the things outside.”

The post continues:

“By the end of the flight, he was Caroline’s best friend. I’m not sure if he caught the kiss she landed on his shoulder while they were looking out the window. Amazingly, we had the same connection in Charlotte to Wilmington, a connection he navigates frequently for work. He helped us get off the plane and led us to the next gate with Caroline in hand. If that wasn’t enough, he changed his seat on the next flight to sit in our row to help us. This guy, Todd, showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person. His wife, he said, had a similar experience when their two boys were young and a stranger showed her the same kindness. I am blown away by God’s hand in this because we could have been placed next to anyone, but we were seated next to one of the nicest men I have ever met in my life.

I’d like to find him. His name is Todd. He has a son at the University of Arkansas and he lives in Lenexa, KS.

If you could help share this post so that I can find him, I’d really appreciate your help!

*** Update! I’ve been connected with his wife and hoping we can get together soon!

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