Dad Can't Believe How Stranger Treats Daughter At Airport
Kristin Danley 3/15/2019
It isn't easy traveling with wee ones by car, rail or plane. Juggling a diaper bag, snack container, drink box, stroller and whatever bags you might be lugging along for yourself seems to be an insurmountable task.
Keeping your little ones entertained at the same time can instill a panic attack in the most stalwart parent. Dad Kevin Armentrout was at a bustling airport in Las Vegas with his adorable yet very busy 16-month-old little girl and wife, headed to sunny San Diego.
This author, motivational speaker and veteran was keeping a close eye on his darling daughter Carter Jean while preparing to board. She was completely entranced by the people around her and per her usual peppy self, tried saying hello to everyone as he allowed her to stretch her legs and toddle about, he told Good Morning America as reported by ABC News.
"I just put her down, let her walk and followed behind her but I was anxious about her touching people's stuff and not everyone wants a kid slamming into their knees."
But suddenly, Carter Jean walked up to a complete stranger, drawn to him in the midst of all the people at the airport. The man turned and looked at her, then invited Carter Jean to sit down by him.
He withdrew his tablet from a bag, gingerly placed it on her lap and showed her how to draw with it. They watched cartoons together, heads leaning toward each other, and Carter Jean reciprocated the kindness by offering him some of her snacks.
This went on for 45 minutes, Armentrout observed. He couldn't believe what a beautiful moment he was witnessing and had to snap a picture of it to share on social media.
"Watching them in that moment, I couldn't help but think, different genders, different races, different generations, and the best of friends. This is the world I want for her. In a country that is continuously fed that it's so deeply divided by beliefs, I want her life to be filled with moments like this... not liberal or conservative republican or democrat, socialist or capitalist, just HUMAN."
Armentrout hoped that by sharing the photo of his baby girl and her brand new friend, that his thanks and gratitude would reach "Joseph from Oklahoma." He used the hashtag "hate is learned."
"Thank you for showing my daughter what kindness and compassion looks like. Continue to shine your light in the world."
His wish came true after people identified the stranger as Joseph Wright. He told Good Morning America that he saw the little girl wandering and decided to help her dad keep her entertained.
"It just warmed my heart a little. [She] just wanted to share her food with somebody, you know? That was very touching, and it was just fascinating to see. I get a kick out of young kids who are just growing and showing love."
It turns out that Wright is a very approachable guy. His wife Sheila told Good Morning America that the interaction between Carter Jean and her hubby wasn't surprising to her at.
"People just come up and talk to him all the time. But when it started going viral. I was just like, 'Wow.' It was surreal. I really kind of -- I couldn't believe it."
Wright commended the Armentrouts for how they are raising Carter Jean who, at her age, doesn't see shades of people, only kindness.
"What really impressed me is Kevin, the father, and his wife allowing her to be around in those different races. It was genuine. And I am proud of Kevin and his wife for not being the same, not holding back, letting her see the world as it should be."
Armentrout and Wright have since become friends after this beautiful exchange. May Wright's light continue brightening this world and Carter Jean keeps bringing smiles to the faces of others.