All too often on this scruffy little blog, I find myself focusing on the darker side of human nature. We are surrounded by so much strife, it’s tempting to give in to cynicism. Lily Tomlin wisely observed that no matter how cynical she got, she couldn’t keep up. But from time to time, people surprise and delight us. They remind us of just how wonderful the world is, and why small, random acts of kindness matter. They give us hope for the future, as Fox News reports:
A 15-year-old girl is being praised for her hands-on approach to helping a blind and deaf passenger traveling alone on an Alaska Airlines flight last week.
Clara Daly and her mom, Jane, were traveling home from Boston, Mass., to Los Angeles when their flight was canceled. They were rebooked on another flight, where the pair encountered Tim Cook, a blind and deaf man traveling home to Portland, Ore.
Cook had been visiting his sister in Boston.
Scribner said once Cook boarded the flight, other passengers tried their best to make his journey more comfortable — including a man who let Cook have his aisle seat.
Random acts of kindness, but more–and greater–was to come:
A flight attendant asked over the PA system in the plane if any passengers knew American Sign Language (ASL) to ring their call button.
Daly, who had been studying ASL for a year, rang her button.
‘I sat with Tim a few times on the flight and toward the end for about 30 minutes,’ Daly said, Alaska Airlines reported. ‘He just wanted to talk.
When you look in the dictionary under “angel,” you find Clara Daly’s photo.
The crew was delighted by Daly’s actions.
‘Clara was amazing,’ an Alaska flight attendant said. ‘You could tell Tim was very excited to have someone he could speak to and she was such an angel.’
Though they aren’t the only ones amazed by the sweet teen. Scribner posted a snap of the girl signing with Cook on Facebook, which has already been shared nearly 600,000 times as of Sunday afternoon.
Jane told Alaska Airlines her daughter felt their flight’s cancelation was meant to be.
‘After the flight, Clara told me she thought it was meant to be that our original flight was canceled and we were placed on this flight, so she could be there to help Tim,’ Jane said.
I’ve seen too many little miracles, and experienced my share, to think this mere coincidence.
After the flight landed safely, Cook was picked up at the gate by a service provider from his senior living facility.
He reportedly told the airline it was the best flight he’s ever taken.
Doubters can now rest assured: angels are among us.