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Often, the headlines aren’t great. Which is why it’s so moving to hear a story of someone being genuinely kind.
Alexa Bjornson was a bit worried about how her autistic son, Landon, would do on a solo flight to see his Dad. She decided to send Landon with a note explaining that he has high-functioning autism, so he might be a bit nervous and ask “Are we there yet?” a lot. She also sent $10 to give to Landon’s seatmate as a goodwill gesture.
Today my son took his first flight to Oregon to see his dad. I sent Landon with a letter to give to whoever sat next to…
She was delighted to receive a text from Landon’s seatmate, a gentleman named Ben.
Her post read:
Today my son took his first flight to Oregon to see his dad. I sent Landon with a letter to give to whoever sat next to me saying he has high functioning autism so he might be nervous and ask you “are we there yet” a lot, and please just make him feel safe and comfortable, with 10 dollars in the note. And this is what I just received ❤❤❤ I am so grateful to this individual, and that there are still kind people in the world who make a difference like I try myself to do as well. Thank you so much Ben!!!!
His note read:
Alexa, My name is Ben. I was Landon’s seat neighbor for his flight to Portland. He did ask if we were there yet several times but he was a great travel buddy. We had a good time and played a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors. He’s a great kid and you’re a lucky mom. I appreciate the $10 but it wasn’t necessary. I donated it to Autism-Society.org in honor of Landon. Have a great day!
Bjornson posted the note of Facebook, and everyone was charmed.
With more than 3.5 million Americans living with autism, it helps to see people be kind and understanding. Ben is a great example for us to remember to reach out to others and be kind whenever we can.