Kudos to Susan Reimer for her column exploring the difficulties experienced by mothers traveling alone with babies and toddlers ("Babies on a plane: Can the rest of the flying public cut mom some slack?" April 4).
As a grandmother of five, I have witnessed first-hand the tribulations moms with young children endure whenever I travel with my daughter and daughter-in-law.
One must be physically fit, mentally strong and spiritually sound to juggle the incredibly cumbersome equipment, deal with a baby whose ears are popping and entertain restless toddlers unaccustomed to being confined in tight quarters — all while enduring the withering looks of other passengers.
When the children are good — and remarkably they often are — you want to kiss the passenger who compliments the mom.
Whenever I travel alone now I try to be that person. And if the children are not at their best I try to help.
Linda Rains Allman, Phoenix