'Dear Daddy' blog post captures readers' hearts

Source: www.goteamkate.com
Source: www.goteamkate.com

When you arrive at the airport, chances are you're worried about who you may be sitting next to the airplane. But one man's interactions with a young girl he met onboard his flight is making his an unlikely hero online.

The man who is not identified in the blog post "Dear 'Daddy' in Seat 16C" was seated next to a young girl named Kate and her mother on the flight departing from Philadelphia. Kate and her mom were headed back to Canada from their Disney vacation.

Kate has been diagnosed with autism, and the blog www.goteamkate.com is her parents' way of educating others about that diagnosis and shedding a light on their lives with their beautiful daughter.

Their most recent post is directed at the well-dressed man carrying a briefcase that shared his life with them on that plane, asking questions, and indulging Kate's curiosity.

Kate called the man "Daddy," not out of confusion but as a sign of admiration and trust, her mother blogged.

She wrote, "The interaction went on and on and you never once seemed annoyed. She gave you some moments of peace while she played with her Anna and Elsa dolls. Kind of her to save you from playing barbies, but I bet you wouldn't have minded a bit. I bet you have little girls, too."

"So, thank you. Thank you for not making me repeat those awful apologetic sentences that I so often say in public. Thank you for entertaining Kate so much that she had her most successful plane ride, yet.  And, thank you for putting your papers away and playing turtles with our girl."

This post received more than 64,000 likes on Facebook, almost 500 retweets and nearly 400 comments on the website. Alex and Shanell Mouland are parents to Kate and her older sister Grace. You can follow their journey on the blog here: http://www.goteamkate.com/blog.html