Recently, some parents came up with a novel solution to the annoyance of flying with babies and toddlers.  Even if it doesn’t prevent the wailing, it does at least alleviate the irritation for their fellow flyers.

They put a care package with ear plugs, mints, candy, and a note “from” the baby on nearby seats.

Their neighbors were pleasantly surprised by the gesture. One man on a business trip to Miami, Florida, was cranky, tired, and not looking forward to the flight, a trouble made worse by the idea of sitting near a baby.

“I was definitely not looking forward to be sitting near a crying baby of generally loud passengers,” he wrote in an email to “I felt like the stereotypical unloving businessman.”

When he saw the package, however, his outlook changed. “It was like a scene straight out of ‘The Grinch Who Stole Christmas,'” he wrote. “I was literally sitting there smiling. I looked around and saw at least eight other smiling faces as well.”

The note in the package read, “Hi Stranger! My name is Madeline. I will be 1 on December 17th and this is my first flight. I’ll try to be on my best behavior, but I’d like to apologize in advance if I lose my cool, get scared or my ears hurt. My mom and dad packed you this goodies bag with a few treats. There are also earplugs in case my first public serenade isn’t as enjoyable to you as it is to my mom and dad. Have a great flight!”

Before takeoff, the gentleman posted a picture of the package on Reddit with the caption, “A baby just handed me this on my flight. I ain’t mad.”

By the time the plane landed, the post had made it to the front page of Reddit.

The man told the couple how much he appreciated the gesture before debarking and how many comments his photo had gotten. “They seemed pleasantly surprised and quickly shifted attention to their baby and we said goodbye,” he wrote. “By the way, Madeline was adorable.”

Besides writing, R. McKinley loves reading (especially historical fiction and science books), playing piano and flute, being involved in politics and community, working out, enjoying nature, and hanging out with four wonderful cats.