I grew up in the 90s during the Beanie Babies craze. It was real. Looking back, it was pathetic how much money I spent on these little stuffed things that are now probably in a box gathering dust somewhere at my parent’s house. But a beanie for a baby on United Airlines has captivated the world and is a beautiful story.
Beanie For A Baby On A United Airlines Flight To Newark
Romey was five months old. It was her first trip. The flight down to Cabo San Lucas was uneventful, but babies all around her were crying on the flight back to Newark. However, Romey was fascinated by the woman sitting next to her, who was crocheting. Meegan Rubin was touched and used the flight (five hours) to crochet a beanie for baby Romey.
She finished just as the flight was landing:
What a beautiful baby!
And what a great story. The world is full of bad news (I’ve got another bad news story on deck about a problematic passenger), but I love covering stories like this. Few things are more beautiful than when humans are kind to one another: when a stranger shows love, especially in an environment like an airplane in which the very presence of a baby often induces hostility.
I fished out a beanie baby once for my daughter and she responded by immediately ripping off the “ty” heart-shaped tag on it. If there ever was any value in it, there is not anymore. But one of our favorite earthly items is a blanket knit by our neighbor Kim. There’s nothing like something handmade with love.
I cannot claim credit for the title…I read the story on View From The Wing and the witty (or perhaps corny, but I liked it) title was suggested by reader Ken A. But I do love this story.
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