Alexa Bjornson, the mother of a 7-year-old boy with autism, was very worried when her son had to fly solo for the first time to see his father. However, the outcome of the journey was a big surprise to Alexa.
Alexa was worried about how her son, Landon Bjornson, would manage traveling alone on a plane, she was so scared that she sent him along with a note and a $10 to present to his seatmate.
The note said that he had high-functioning autism and would ask the seatmate “Are we there yet?” frequently, the $10 was for whoever he sat next to. “I thought, how do I make it so whoever’s sitting next to him won’t look at him as a burden but more of like, I can help this kiddo get through the day,” Alexa said.
The seatmate who ended up traveling with Landon from Las Vegas to Oregon was Ben Pedraza. They ended up having a great time together. As they reached their destination, Ben took a picture with Landon and sent a sweet message to Alexa.
“(Landon) did ask if we were there yet several times but he was a great travel buddy. We had a good time and played a few rounds of rock-paper-scissors,” Ben wrote. “He’s a great kid and you’re a lucky mom.”
Ben said that, while he appreciated the $10 Alexa sent along, he didn’t need it, and donated it to The Autism Society in honor of Landon.
“My heart just dropped,” Alexa told KATU of seeing the message, which included a photo of Landon and Ben on the plane.
“I am so grateful to this individual, and that there are still kind people in the world who make a difference like I try myself to do as well,” Alexa added on Facebook.
“Thank you so much Ben!!!!”