This story is from an email my mother sent me. It was posted on Facebook and may be true or fictitious, I only pass it on as a story.
“It was a typical airline flight like any other — until one elderly Christian woman was insulted for her faith. Now, the flight attendant who stepped in is facing controversy for the way she handled the situation. Two major airline companies have recently come under fire after the world witnessed their lack of care and blatant abuse of their customers. But I must admit, when I read this story I couldn’t help but smile.
The young flight attendant in this situation stands head and shoulders above the rest and it’s no wonder this Facebook post has been shared over 83,000 times.
The altercation reportedly began when a middle-aged man arrived at his seat on a crowded flight, but refused to sit down. His seat was next to an elderly white woman reading her Bible. Disgusted, the Muslim man immediately summoned the flight attendant and ‘demanded another seat’. The outraged man proceeded to tell the young flight attendant that he refused to sit next to an ‘infidel’. So the flight attendant did what any good customer service representative would do and explained that she would try to find another seat. After searching for a seat, the flight attendant returned and reportedly stated: ‘There are no more seats in economy, but I will check with the captain and see if there is something in first class.’
Almost 10 minutes later, the flight attendant returned and explained that she had found one seat available. According to Jones’ story, the flight attendant continued: ‘It is our company policy to never move a person from economy to first class, but being that it would be some sort of scandal to force a person to sit next to an unpleasant person, the captain agreed to make the switch to first class.’
Before the outraged man could reply, the attendant gestured to the elderly Christian woman with the Bible and continued: ‘Madam, if you would so kindly retrieve your personal items, we would like to move you to the comfort of first class as the captain doesn’t want you to sit next to such an unpleasant person.’
It didn’t take long for the passengers in the surrounding seats to applaud, while some even gave a standing ovation for the flight attendant.
I couldn’t agree more with the brave flight attendant’s decision to defend this elderly woman and her faith!”
I know you’re probably wondering “which side” I am on: those of you who came over from my last blog already know my back story, my faith and where I stand. For those newcomers, let me fill you in. In a nutshell this is it:
I am 60 years old
I am a recovering social alcoholic, meth and crack/cocaine addict.
I have had MS for 13 years.
My husband (also of 13 years) is 57 and is also a recovering alcoholic/addict.
He has Pulmonary Hypertension.
We are both disabled.
We both are Christians and have had near-death experiences that profoundly affected us.
I have 2 adult daughters & 1 adult son, (2 grandchildren for my eldest daughter while my youngest daughter had 1 child whom we adopted when he was an infant, my son has 3 children, including twins; he has 2 adult daughters ( the eldest has 2 daughters.)
In 2016 we were very concerned about what kind of world our grandchildren were going to inherit. We feared that we had made a mistake voting for Obama in the past. We felt that the progressive policies, political correctness, system of apologetics, etc. of past administrations have been a glaring disaster which had damaged our country dramatically over the past 20 years.
So, yes, we voted for the current President, Donald Trump. Why? Not because we were die-hard fans of his but rather as the “lesser of two evils”. We didn’t want anyone who would continue the same failed policies. We figured that all of the Presidents that came before (some good, some bad, and some great, some disastrous) were politicians, maybe it was time to let a businessman run out country like a corporation, start cutting out all the gluttonous waste, trim the budget, eliminate our debt, etc. How could we be in any worse shape? If he actually kept his promises, it might be good.
We were shocked that a whole generation of college graduates appeared to be soft, gullible, molly coddled, weaklings because they had been raised up on campuses that gave them days off to grieve over & recuperate from losing an election! Can you imagine that happening in our school days?? What about the crying rooms, support animals, “safe” rooms, etc?
We saw there was now a generation of lost souls. They have college degrees but they can’t get/hold a job and need to move back home with mom & dad; they are suicidal for many different reasons, they can’t handle controversy, they are unable participate in an argument or debate without having to resort to running away crying or shouting the other person down because they don’t know how to deal with someone who disagrees with their opinion or rather what they were taught to “think” in school.
I put the word think in quotes because schools don’t teach kids to think anymore. Children are only taught to regurgitate what the teacher says. There are no more critical thinking classes, no true debates, exchanging of beliefs, controversial speakers brought in to inspire the pursuit of truth, etc.
How did we ever allow academia to decide what path our children will follow? Teach them to be atheists, liberals, progressives, socialists? Did everyone become so busy “earning a living” they failed to pay attention? Were there too many self-absorbed narcissists with children who allowed the schools systems to raise them? I know there were large numbers in my later days that were addicts too high to see what was happening.
I received a notice from our 3 year old’s preschool explaining how they were giving the children a safe place to go to when they felt overwhelmed or out of control so they could calm down. Now I granted that since it is a specialized preschool that deals with autism, learning disabilities, sensory disorders, etc. that it may be a necessity for such a place. However, they wanted us to set up a “safe place” for Sebastian at home also. I refuse to do it like that. I don’t think it is right for us to teach him that he needs a “safe place” to go to at home! Home is his safe place!! I will figure it out but it will be called something different; a quiet place, a calming place, my own space, an alone place… What do you think we should call it?
I don’t like or agree with a lot about what is going on in the world today, or our country and the way that politics has become our all-encompassing guide to life. I’ve been watching this come for quite some time, hoping and praying that our faiths (Catholic, Protestant, Baptist, Non-Denominational, Pentecostal, etc. and Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc.) would have a sweep of revival through each and every one of them. We seem to have traded our Spiritual & moral compasses in for the adrenalin rush that comes from heightened states of anger, outrage, vengeance etc. We have been fed a healthy diet of it through the 24/7 cycle of the news media’s
for many years now.
I don’t know when common sense was actually thrown out the door but I do know some of the things that have contributed to the demise of our children’s and grandchildren’s generations. Who decided on a program of dumbing kids down? Who decided on making up a “new math” to teach them? Did somebody just one day say, “Let’s make up a new way to add even though their parents will have no way to help them with the homework because this ‘new math’ makes absolutely no sense to them.”
When my daughter told me that her son’s school corporation had decided to stop keeping score at sports events and instead they would give trophies to everyone in the game and everyone on the team gets rotated in to play, I was flabbergasted. Especially when she said that she thought it was a good idea.
I told her right then and there that it was a huge mistake to do that! I said that it was setting children up to fail in school and later in life. You have to learn the lessons in school that competition teaches you. People have to know how to handle defeat, rejection, disappointment. They also have to know how to be a good team player, show good sportsmanlike conduct, and how to win graciously. We stood by and allowed the school systems to change what history they did or didn’t teach, what tee-shirts kids could or could not wear to school, if they would or wouldn’t say the Pledge of Allegiance…
“They” (the powers that be) have been distorting, disrupting and dividing us for many years now. I used to feel like I had no power to do anything about it. I too became a politics addict and an outrage junkie, I would find myself in a fit of rage and screaming at some news anchor on TV for the shocking accusations they made, blown away that anyone with half a brain should see right through it and recognize it for what it was, a lie and yet knowing that there would be many too blinded to see.
Yes, we are now converts. President Trump has kept most of his promises already and it’s only been 2 years. I know that we are in better shape now than we were 2 years ago. I feel much safer now. I don’t live in fear of another 9/11 or getting nuked by North Korea. I am grateful to have a President who stands up for Israel again, who brought Christmas back to the White House, who respects our military, police & all first responders, I could go on and on about what I have seen happen in the last 24 months.
People say he is divisive, a hate monger, prejudice, yada-yada-yada. I have seen the exact opposite. Maybe it’s because I grew up with 3 brothers that what he says matters much less to me than what he does. The old saying “actions speak louder than words” explains why millions of people support him and then it’s said that we are racist, bigots, homophobes, deplorable, degenerates, or any other label the liberals, progressives. socialists or mainstream media want to slap on us.
Speaking for my husband and myself, we are none of that. We make less than $40,000 a year, so we’re not rich by any means. We are regular, everyday people. We aren’t rednecks. We live in the rural area of our state so you might call us country, but contrary to some opinions, country doesn’t mean stupid by any means. We are Americans! It is really as simple as that!! We must return to being “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all!!”
Use your right to vote!! We already have. May God bless us one and all.