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The One Thing For Ava That Saved Me: Flying Unaccompanied!

WARNING: Have tissues close by! This post may tug at your heart strings! I cried the entire time I wrote it!

Since Ava was 5 weeks old, she’s been a frequent flyer. We were flying almost ever 2-3 months until she was 2. Slowly it became less and less frequently. Life happened, as it does naturally. Unfortunately, I cannot take as much time off as I’d like too but just because I can’t, it doesn’t mean that Ava shouldn’t be able to go. Ava is finally of age to fly as an unaccompanied minor. Cue anxiety all around! Little did I know that this one thing intended for Ava would actually save me!

I knew anxiety was going to be present on this trip both with Ava and with myself. I just wasn’t sure who would feel it more, me or her? Every flight we took to Saskatoon, I was a blubbering mess leaving.  Ava would hold my hand and tell me, ” it’s ok mama!” She’s like a rock some days and I often remind her, “it’s ok to not be strong, it’s ok to need me too!” But she’s got this, she’s my tough girl, or so she likes to think.

A few months ago, One Thing Designs popped into my feed and I’m thankful it did! One thing is about empowerment and connection, those words have been a focus for me with my girls this year! I knew that I needed to reach out and work with this company in some way. This message is too important not to spread. Setareh sent me a beautiful 6″ Sea Glass Locket for Ava for her trip.

What is One thing you ask? It’s an amazing company that asks people all over the world, what is one thing you bring to this world? One Thing then puts that “One Thing” into a locket and sends them to people like you and me.

Ava needs to be reassured that she is loved and that she can do it. Her self-esteem has diminished since starting school. She needs to hear that she is loved and that she can do anything she sets her mind to it.  I am more than happy to be that person who yells it from the mountain tops when she needs to hear it. Thanks to One Thing, I am able to send this constant message with her when I cannot be there to yell it for her!

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We spent the morning she left packing her clothes and talking about her plans for her trip.  Who she would see, what she would do and how she was feeling about flying unaccompanied.  She told me in privacy that she was nervous, she was scared something would happen and I wouldn’t be there to get her through it.  We sat together and I choked back my tears as I told her that she is champ and she’s flown so many times before and this would be no different. I’d be with her right by her side until she boards the airplane. If she’s scared or worried, doesn’t know what to do, look at this locket and remember, “You Got This!”

We spent the morning packing her clothes and talking about her plans for her trip.  Who she would see, what she would do and how she was feeling about everything.  She told me she was nervous and scared something would happen and I wouldn’t be there to get her through it.  We sat together,  I choked back my tears as I told her she’s flown so many times before and this would be no different. I’d be with her right by her side until she boards the airplane. If she’s scared or worried, doesn’t know what to do, look at this locket and remember, “You Got This!”

We got to the airport, did all the paperwork we needed to for an unaccompanied minor and made our way through security.   She looked at me and said,”Mom, I’m feeling a lot of things and I don’t like it!” I reassured her just as I always do and I reminded her about the locket. I explained that locket is her way to find me whenever she is scared or worried. She will remember that her mama is in her corner yelling… “You Got This! It’ll be OK!”

I watched her with her backpack, pulling her carry-on and she looked like such a little lady. She stood at the gate with her boarding pass and time flashed before my eyes.   I saw my 5 week old baby boarding that airplane with me for the first time, then she was one and walking. Suddenly, she was 2 and heading off to daycare,  and it kept going onto my 4-year-old heading to preschool and then my 5-year-old, off to Kindergarten and becoming such a loving big sister. I saw all these years flash before my eyes. I burst into tears.

She hugged me one more time and said “I love you, Mom!” The tears started flowing, she then turned to head down the walkway to board her plane, she looked so big. I sobbed loudly yelling,” I love you Ava bear!” She turned to me held up the hand that had her One Thing bracelet on and mouthed the words, “I Got This” reassuring me, as she always does.

I sat there crying as her little body disappeared down the walkway. I knew that she was going to be ok, in that moment I knew that I did well with her, no matter what situation might come up that she will be fine. My mom will be there on the other side once her plane lands in Saskatoon.

I had no idea that when I reached out to Setareh about a bracelet that it would end up saving me probably more than it will Ava. With that bracelet on, Ava will never ever doubt how much she is loved, how hard I will fight for her and furthermore, how proud I am of her.

One Thing gave both Ava and I the peace of mind that everything will be ok! She is armed with everything she needs and that is something no one can ever take away from her. What is your One Thing?

One Thing will always be a social enterprise. In an effort to fight isolation everywhere, our mission is to give back and help isolated communities. Isolation comes in many forms. We like to support various programs that help prevent isolation but are lesser known and need more help than they are getting otherwise. Currently, we give 10% of proceeds to Postpartum Depression prevention and Suicide prevention. Learn more here

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Disclaimer: We received a bracelet in exchange for an honest review and inclusion in this post!

This article has 4 comments

  1. Reg

    Wow, you’ve got yourself a brave girl. It takes a lot to be able to express one’s feelings and you did such an incredible job of supporting her, Janette. One Thing is such a cool organization – love that they give back.

  2. Heydy Lopez

    All the tears!! I love how she was expressing her concern and you knew exactly what to say. Argh, I just love this little lady <3 <3

  3. Motherhood and Merlot

    I love One Thing Designs! I have quite a few of their pieces, and so do my girls!

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