Man Sparks Debate After Cradling His Daughter's Head For 45 Minutes So She Could Sleep During A Flight

By maks in Travel On 5th January 2024

We live in a time where people often feel compelled to share their opinions, regardless of their positivity, this father's simple gesture sparked quite a debate online.

Guess they have never heard of the phrase 'If you don't have something nice to say, don't say anything at all'.

The story began when a Reddit user, u/therra123, shared a heartwarming photo in the r/MadeMeSmile thread. 

The image captured a girl comfortably sleeping in her aisle seat, her head cushioned not by the seat but by her father's hand. 

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The dad was seen leaning forward, awkwardly holding his arm around the seat, creating a makeshift pillow for his daughter. 

The caption described the scene: "This man kept his hand in this position for 45 minutes so his daughter could sleep well."

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Despite the clear intention of showcasing a 'wholesome moment,' some Reddit users couldn't resist analyzing and critiquing the father's method. 

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The post quickly gained traction, receiving over 60,000 upvotes and a flood of comments. 

Responses ranged from suggestions of alternative solutions.

One user wrote: "I feel like... I feel like there's a better way."

"Do you not have your towel? A towel is the most important thing you can carry," another added.

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While someone else commented: "Shows a distinct lack of creative problem-solving. 45 min you say and couldn't think of a practical solution. Huh!"

And a fourth wrote: "Seriously. Roll up a hoodie jacket and bam! Insta-pillow. Or here's a crazy thought: ask a flights attendant for a blanket and pillow."

However, not everyone was critical.

Some Redditors defended the father's actions, emphasizing the emotional aspect of the gesture. 

One Redditor wrote:

"Probably, but when my son falls asleep with his face in my hand I literally melt inside and could just stare at him for hours."

"Granted, he’s a toddler but still, I don’t think that feeling will ever fade."

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Another added: "I've done that for my dog."

Yet, despite the mixed opinions, some commenters expressed discomfort over the ethics of photographing strangers, especially children, without consent. 

One commented: "Why are we ok taking photos of strangers and posting it online? They're people not objects."

And someone else chimed: "Awww so heartwarming! I love photographing strangers and their kids in public without their consent!!!"

So, what do you think? What's your take on this situation?