A couple months ago, I posted about things that bring a tear to my eye. It’s already a long list, but today I’m adding to it. I saw a WestJet video on Facebook this morning and got all choked up. I watched it again with the hubby after dinner and bawled again. And, moments ago, when Brian Williams featured just a clip of it on the NBC Nightly News, I cried over it for a third time.
I’d like to believe that WestJet pulled off this huge surprise simply because Christmas is the season of giving, but I know they had ulterior motives…they’re using the footage in advertisements designed to attract more customers and boost their bottom line. But I do think that thanks to their generosity, a lot of happy passengers received gifts they might not have received otherwise–the expectant parents probably weren’t going to splurge on a big screen TV this year (I’ll save the debate about the materialism and commercialism surrounding the season for another time). It is my genuine hope that as recipients of such kindness, every one of those passengers, no matter how young, will find some way to pay it forward in the true spirit of Christmas.