Dear ‘Daddy’ in Seat 16C

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With Love,
Russ

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Dear 'Daddy' in Seat 16C

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, my 3-year-old who has autism, 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…

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About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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6 Responses to Dear ‘Daddy’ in Seat 16C

  1. Since I follow the Kindness blog I have already read this and love it but thanks for sharing it anyway

  2. Ann Koplow says:

    Thanks, Russ! (I bet this little girl would have called you ‘Daddy’, too.)

  3. What a beautiful share, Russ. I adore the Kindness Blog and just this morning left a big glowing comment thanking them for the awesome work they do, offering us so many examples to believe in goodness and kindness. Keep on sharing these as they really need to be seen by as many people as possible. They offer hope! Hugs, Gina

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