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Mother Of Autistic Child Writes Beautiful Letter To "Kind" Stranger Her Daughter Called Daddy!

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mother of autistic child writes beautiful letter to kind stranger her daughter called daddy

This is beautiful!

Shanell Mouland,the mother of a three-year-old autistic child named Kate, wrote an amazing letter to a stranger who entertained her daughter during a two-and-a-half-hour flight!

The momma's thankfulness is on full display in the letter titled Dear Daddy in Seat 16C Flight 1850 From Philly which she posted on her blog.

It's not too often you meet strangers who make such an impression on you, but when it does happen - it's a magical experience!

Check out the letter in its entiretyAFTER THE JUMP!!!

"Dear 'Daddy',

I don't know your name but Kate called you 'daddy' for the entire flight last week and you kindly never corrected her. In fact, you didn't even flinch as you could probably tell that she was not confusing you with her own 'daddy' but instead making a judgment regarding your level of 'safety' for her. If she calls you 'daddy' then you better believe she thinks you are alright.

I sat Kate in the middle seat knowing full well that there would be a stranger sitting next to her for the duration of this flight. I had to make a quick decision and based on her obsession with opening and closing the window shade I figured she might be less of a distraction if she sat in the middle. I watched the entire Temple basketball team board the plane and wondered if one of these giants might sit by Kate. They all moved toward the back. She would have liked that, she would have made some observations that I would have had to deal with but she would have liked those players. I watched many Grandmotherly women board and hoped for one to take the seat but they walked on by. For a fleeting moment I thought we might have a free seat beside us and then you walked up and sat down with your briefcase and your important documents and I had a vision of Kate pouring her water all over your multi-million dollar contracts, or house deeds, or whatever it was you held. The moment you sat down, Kate started to rub your arm. Your jacket was soft 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 have shifted uncomfortably in your seat. You could have ignored her. You could have given me that 'smile' that I despise because it means; 'manage your child please.' You did none of that. You engaged Kate in conversation and you asked her questions about her turtles. She could never really answer your questions but she was so enamored by you that she keep eye contact and joint attention on the items you were asking her about. I watched and smiled. I made a few polite offers to distract her, but you would have none of it.

Kate: (Upon noticing you had an IPad) Is dis Daddy's puduter?

You: This is my IPad. Would you like to see it?

Kate: To me?????? (I know she thought you were offering it to her to keep)

Me: Look with your eyes, Kate. That is not yours.

Kate: Dat's nice!

You: (Upon noticing that Kate had an IPad) I like your computer, too. It has a nice purple case.

Kate: Daddy wanna be a bad guy? (She offered shredder to you and that, my friend, is high praise)

You: Cool.

The interaction went on and on and you never once seemed annoyed. She gave you some moments of peace while she played with her Anna and Elsa dolls. Kind of her to save you from playing barbies, but I bet you wouldn't have minded a bit. I bet you have little girls, too.

Not long before we landed Kate had reached her limit. She screamed to have her seatbelt off, she screamed for me to open the plane door and she cried repeating, "Plane is cwosed (closed)" over and over. You tried to redirect her attention to her toys. She was already too far gone at this point, but the fact that you tried to help your new little friend made me emotional.

In case, you are wondering. She was fine the moment we stepped off the plane. Thank you for letting us go ahead of you. She was feeling overwhelmed and escaping the plane and a big, long hug was all she needed.

So, thank you. Thank you for not making me repeat those awful apologetic sentences that I so often say in public. Thank you for entertaining Kate so much that she had her most successful plane ride, yet. And, thank you for putting your papers away and playing turtles with our girl."


[Image via Go Team Kate.]

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11 comments to “Mother Of Autistic Child Writes Beautiful Letter To "Kind" Stranger Her Daughter Called Daddy!”

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  2. tt says – reply to this


    Its noce to see that there is still some nice people every once in a while…..Thats a sweet letter. I have a two year old and i know how little ones can be, but they are worth every second.

  3. pie pie says – reply to this


    what a wonderful person that man was.. Thank you sir.

  4. Sants says – reply to this


    you can't say "autistic child" you are supposed to say "child with autism." Autism does not define a child.

  5. 5

    This has been in the Australian news for two days now. Feeling a bit behind today?

  6. Lena says – reply to this


    It's "child with autism" not "autistic child". Person first language!

  7. 7

    Nice story.

  8. EvelynDraine says – reply to this


    First, I understand having a child with Autism. My cousin has Autism and it's was hard for my aunt before she passed away. But it is beautiful that there are people out there that have hearts of gold, he is an angel sent from heaven, and he will be blessed.

  9. Crowgirl says – reply to this


    Angels can take physical form when it's for the highest good

  10. Mrs G says – reply to this


    It is sad that this is considered a "good humanitarian" story. You would think that any decent human being would do the same thing. I'm very happy this man engaged the little girl but I would hope that any one sitting there would do the same.

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