One man’s kindness to a toddler is inspiring lots of people on Facebook. Joseph Wright was sitting in the airport in Las Vegas when a 16-month-old girl named Carter Jean Armentrout wandered up to him. He invited her to sit next to him and the two chatted for 45 minutes
Carter Jean offered to share her snacks, and the two talked about Snoopy. Wright also pulled out his tablet so they could watch cartoons and draw.
“It just warmed my heart a little,” Wright told Good Morning America. “I get a kick out of young kids who are just growing and showing love.”
Apparently, he’s not the only one. Kevin Armentrout, Carter Jean’s dad, shared a picture of the interaction on Facebook. It shows Wright leaning over to point to something on the tablet and Carter Jean, stylus in hand, looking on intently with a smile on her face. The post has gone viral, amassing over 313,000 likes and 124,000 shares in just a few days.
Kevin himself knew he had to detail their encounter on Facebook, and wrote the following:
“Last night, while waiting to board our plane, [Carter Jean] was being her usual inquisitive self wanting to meet and say ‘hi’ to everyone she could, until she walked up on this man,” he wrote.
“He reached out and asked if she wanted to sit with him. He pulled out his tablet and showed her how to draw with it, they watched cartoons together, and she offered him snacks. This wasn’t a short little exchange, this was 45 minutes. 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.”
What’s more, Armentrout admitted in an interview with Yahoo Lifestyle that Jospeh had shown an endearing patience with his daughter.
“There were a few moments she screamed and tried to get into his work calendar, but he couldn’t care less,” he said.