Pregnant Mom Starts Crying When Toddler Has A Complete Meltdown At The Airport. Then A Group Of Women Do Something Unheard Of
About three weeks ago, Beth Bornstein Dunnington was flying from Los Angeles to Portland, Oregon, when she spotted a toddler having a “total meltdown” near the gate.
According to Dunnington, the little boy, who looked to be around 18 months old, kept "running between the seats, kicking and screaming, then lying on the ground, refusing to board the plane."
His young mom, who was visibly pregnant at the time, was so worn down and exhausted that she eventually just sat down and started crying.
“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,” Dunnington wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
Then, suddenly, something remarkable happened: Nobody judged her.
Instead of giving the heavily pregnant mom dirty looks, an entire army of traveling moms sprang into action to help her and her son get back on track.
“Then, this gorgeous thing (I'm crying just writing this)... 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,” Dunnington wrote.
She continued: “It was so gorgeous, there was no discussion and no one knew anyone else, but we were able to calm them both down, and she got her child on the plane. Only women approached. After they went through the door we all went back to our separate seats and didn't talk about it... we were strangers, gathering to solve something. It occurred to me that a circle of women, with a mission, can save the world. I will never forget that moment.”
Since this incredible story was shared on Facebook earlier this month, several parents have praised Dunnington for spreading kindness through her powerful words.
“I am brought to tears! I invision a world ... The one we are becoming, where women gather always as needed every where, all the time time... PRN. May this movement towards love and light and healing, occur more and more often in my world and in our world,” Dawn Barnett commented. “Many Mahalos for sharing your beautiful story!”
Lori Landau added: “Cannot stop thinking about this. I too, was on a plane yesterday. There was a woman and her elderly mother who were trying to sit together and a mom and young girl who also wanted to sit together. No-one was helping to make that happen, so my husband and I not only changed our seats, but we rallied others around us to do so as well. Seven people gave up aisle or window seats ultimately to make it all work. Made me feel better about the world we live in.”