Lynette Scribner shared a beautiful story about a 15-year-old that made the flight of a blind and deaf man much easier and inspired everyone around them


Tim was travelling from Boston after visiting his sister. Before boarding, Lynette Scribner noticed that Tim was signing into his sister’s hand. That was when Lynette realised that Tim was both deaf and blind.

Tim was assisted onto the plane and ushered into the middle seat next to Lynette. That is when she discovered how beautiful humans are!

“I saw this gentleman, Tim, in Boston’s Logan airport with the sister he’d been visiting. It appeared he was both deaf and blind, as I observed her signing into his hand for him to feel her words. When he came aboard the plane he had been assigned the middle seat of my row. The kind gentleman who had the aisle seat graciously gave it up for him. At this point, Tim was travelling alone.”

“The flight attendants sincerely wanted to assist him but had no way to communicate. I watched as they didn’t flinch when he reached out to touch their faces and arms. They took his hand and tried so hard to communicate with him, to no avail. He had some verbal ability, but clearly could not understand them.”

“The man who had given up his seat did his best to assist him with things like opening coffee creamer and putting it in his coffee. When Tim made the attempt to stand up and feel his way to the restroom, his seatmate immediately was up to help him. The flight attendants were talking among themselves and someone suggested paging to see if anyone on board knew sign language.”

“That’s when this lovely young woman came into the picture. 15 years old, she learned American Sign Language (ASL) because she had dyslexia and it was the easiest foreign language for her to learn.”

The young woman names Clara spent the rest of the flight chatting with Tim and making sure he had everything he needed.

“For the rest of the flight, she attended to Tim and made sure his needs were met. It was fascinating to watch as she signed one letter at a time into his hand. He was able to ‘read’ her signing and they carried on an animated conversation. When he asked her if she was pretty, she blushed and laughed as the seatmate, who had learned a few signs, communicated an enthusiastic yes to Tim.”

“I don’t know when I’ve ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being. All of us in the immediate rows were laughing and smiling and enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to.”

“Huge kudos to the flight attendants of Alaska Airlines who went above and beyond to meet Tim’s needs. I can’t say enough about this beautiful young woman named Clara who didn’t think twice about helping her fellow passenger. It was a beautiful reminder, in this time of too much awfulness, that there are still good, good people who are willing to look out for each other.”

Since the beautiful encounter took place, the airline heard about it and got in contact with all three parties involved. It is unclear what has come of the connection by Lynette confirmed that this is the kind of story that needs to be making headlines and we completely agree!

“This has come to the attention of Alaska Airlines and they are in touch with Clara’s family, the facility where Tim lives, and the kind seatmate. I have been so touched by the response to this story. We are all starving for good news and this was just what we needed. Thanks all!”

Sources: Facebook
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Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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