It is true that a single act of kindness can have a profound effect on the person who receives it.
An 88-year-old woman whose lifelong wish was to fly first class had her dream realized after a young man he had just met at the airport offered to exchange seats.
Violet, a retired nurse, had just boarded a plane back to the United Kingdom after visiting her daughter in New York City. She had no idea that she was about to receive one of the most extraordinary experiences of her life.
Violet had a conversation with a young British man, Jack, before boarding the plane, in which she revealed that she had always wanted to fly first class.
Unbeknownst to her, Jack and his family were flying first class, and what he did upon boarding the plane won him praise from people all over the world.
When the 88-year-old got on the plane, she was informed by the flight attendant that she was to exchange seats with a passenger in first class, allowing her to fulfill her lifelong dream.
Fortunately, a Virgin Atlantic flight attendant, Leah Amy, took pictures of the two new best friends and shared the images in a Facebook post that read:
“Of the hundreds of flights I’ve operated, I’ve had the pleasure of looking after footballers, supermodels and some Hollywood movie stars but let me tell you about my two favorite passengers EVER!
“Jack and Violet (I wish she was called Vera or Rose). Jack and his family purchased seats In our upper class cabin for a flight home from New York, but when he got onboard, Jack went and found violet in economy and swapped seats with her.
‘The kindness of his own heart’
“He then sat on the row of seats directly next to the economy toilets and never made a peep or asked for anything the rest of the flight. No fuss, no attention, literally did it out of the kindness of his own heart, no one asked him too [sic].
“Violet is 88 years old, has been a nurse in both the UK and over in America. She travels to New York to see her daughter, but hasn’t been able to for a while because of a knee replacement. Her dream has always been to sit at the front, and Jack made that come true.
“You should of [sic] seen her face, when I tucked her in her bed after supper. She said her daughter won’t believe her, and wanted a ‘selfie’ to prove it, but didn’t have a phone or an email address. These photos are getting sent in the post tomorrow, can you even cope.”
The Facebook post has since gone viral, with more than 5000 shares and over 2300 comments praising Jack’s kind gesture.
One of the comments read: “The young man proves that kindness goes a very long way .. Thank you for what you did to make this woman’s dream come true.. Your kindness will be returned in many ways .HER SMILE was the first!!”
What Jack did for Violet should inspire us all to do something amazing for other people. Share this story with friends and family to inspire them.