For new mom, Rebekka Garvison, it seemed nearly impossible.
Garvison had been planning a trip — traveling from Kalamazoo, Michigan, to Fort Rucker, Alabama — to surprise her husband, Nick, a member of the U.S. Army, for quite some time. Although she was excited for the sweet reunion, she couldn’t help but panic about flying alone with her daughter, Rylee, for the first time.
As she finally boarded her flight at 5:30 a.m., the mom looked around and noticed the airplane was packed. Even worse, it was quiet.
With Rylee in her arms, she slowly made her way to her seat. The already stressed mom hesitantly took her assigned seat — with a less than thrilled looking couple sitting beside her.
A few minutes later, her daughter began to cry.
The mom frantically searched for an alternative seat. Luckily, she spotted a nearly empty row and a flight attendant willing to relocate the pair.
That’s when she met Nyfesha Miller, an “amazing” woman sitting by the window.
“I’m not sure if she could tell how stressed and upset I looked or what, but she turned our day completely around,” Garvison wrote in a Facebook post to thank the kind stranger. “Rylee wouldn’t stop crying no matter what I would try and do….so she had asked if I didn’t mind if she tried and of course I let her.”
Rylee stopped crying the minute Miller began cradling her.
“When we got in the air she fell right asleep and slept in her lap the whole flight until we got to our gate,” Garvison wrote. “She even carried her off the plane and held her so I could get the stroller and carseat put back together so I wasn’t struggling to try and do it all alone.”