Mother posts open letter to passenger ‘annoyed’ by her crying child

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A parenting blogger posted an open letter online addressing a fellow plane passenger who was annoyed by her crying toddler.

 

A mother published an open letter on the Facebook group for parenting site Momstrosity, after a man got annoyed with her daughter on a flight.

 

“To the Gentleman on Flight 1451,” Stephanie Hollifield’s post on Facebook began.

 

“I first noticed you when you sighed loudly as you laid eyes on me and my toddler boarding the plane.

 

“In a momentary lapse of judgement, we sat behind you. It was the nearest set of seats, and I couldn’t wait to put my child and our heavy bags down.

 

“From the over-dramatic huffs and puffs you let out as we buckled in, it was clear that you were annoyed by our very presence.

 

“At this point, my little girl was laughing and playing, obviously too loud for your liking.

 

“I wondered if you had a bad day, or if this grouchy temperament was your normal behavior.

 

“I did everything in my power to keep her calm and quiet. I shushed her, and made sure her little feet didn’t kick your seat.

 

“As we took off, her tears started. The kicking and the screaming tantrums came on fast. She was exhausted and fussy.

 

“You did not let up with your mutters of annoyance and looks over your shoulder. I apologized to everyone around me. I almost started crying myself.

 

“I was feeling shame and guilt for not being able to control my own child.”

 

Stephanie ended her letter by writing: “What you need to know, is that while children can be terribly inconvenient now, they will run the world when you are old and grey.”

 

The Facebook has attracted over 1,600 comments.