Teenage Girl Helps a Blind along with Deaf Passenger along with Wins Praise for Doing ‘Something Beautiful’
The teenage girl was headed to California, along with the man to Oregon. They weren’t supposed to be on the same flight, although their chance encounter came to be widely known along with celebrated.
The girl, Clara Daly, 15, along with her mother were traveling home to Calabasas, Calif., along with had planned to fly nonstop coming from Boston to Los Angeles. Their flight was canceled, so Alaska Airlines booked them on another flight having a layover in Portland, Ore.
of which’s how Clara ended up meeting Tim Cook, 64. Mr. Cook, who is actually deaf along with blind, wasn’t able to communicate easily with the flight attendants.
Another passenger, Lynette Scribner, described in a Facebook post what she saw.
“The flight attendants sincerely wanted to assist him, although had no way to communicate,” she wrote. “I watched as they didn’t flinch when he reached out to touch their faces along with arms. They took his hand along with tried so hard to communicate with him, to no avail.”
The attendants asked if anyone onboard knew American Sign Language. Clara, who had taken sign language classes for a year, pressed the call button.
The attendants asked her to sign letters into Mr. Cook’s hand, so she knelt in front of him along with began spelling out words.
“How are you?” she asked. “Are you O.K.?”
They chatted a few times during the flight, once for about 30 minutes. She told him where she went to school along with about her grandmother in Boston. He told her about his childhood along with about his sister, who also lives in Boston.
“of which seems like such a lonely life to be deaf along with blind — to not be able to see along with hear,” Clara said on Sunday.
Ms. Scribner, 56, who was traveling to Seaside, Ore., along with sitting within the same row as Mr. Cook, took a picture of the two of them: Clara looking intently at Mr. Cook’s face as she signed into his hands, which were clasped around hers.
Ms. Scribner said she is actually within the habit of posting one positive thing on Facebook every day, so she wrote about the pair along with attached the picture.
“I don’t know when I’ve ever seen so many people rally to take care of another human being,” she wrote. “All of us within the immediate rows were laughing along with smiling along with enjoying his obvious delight in having someone to talk to.”
At various points during the conversation “they were both laughing,” she said on Sunday. “His frustration was greatly reduced. You could just see him lighten up.”
A friend asked her to make the post public so of which could be shared, along with shared of which was. As of Sunday afternoon, Ms. Scribner’s post had been liked more than 1 million times along with shared nearly 0,000 times.
“I was just so struck by the kindness of Clara,” Ms. Scribner said. “I think people were starving for something beautiful.”
“Everyone’s all bummed out by what’s happening in our society,” she said, citing school shootings, migrant families separated at the border along with global warming. “of which’s just bad thing after bad thing.”
Seeing something of which brings joy is actually just rare, she said.
Mr. Cook, who lives in a home for the deaf in Gresham, Ore., a suburb of Portland, Ore., told the television station KGW of which he was accustomed to feeling isolated.
“Helen Keller said deaf along with blind people are the loneliest people within the entire world,” he said. “When I heard of which I started off crying.”
He lost his sight along with hearing as an adult, according to Heather Hunter, the spokeswoman for Brookdale Senior Living, the company of which runs the home where Mr. Cook lives.
“He’s just completely shocked of which so many people were so interested within the story,” she said on Sunday.
Mr. Cook told KGW of which he was “very moved” of which Clara had taken the time to come speak with him.
“Maybe of which was meant to be, who knows?” he said.