Sometimes, one person is enough to show you that the world and the people in it are not the worst they could be.
Earlier this week, a former US marine, Kevin Armentrout had been waiting to catch a plane from Las Vegas to San Diego with his 16-month-old daughter, Carter when she started befriending a fellow passenger in the airport. Her unlikely new friend turned out to be a sales manager from Oklahoma named Joseph Wright. The two bonded over Charlie Brown cartoons and cheesy snacks, and the little girl seemed to really have a good time with the not-so-stranger-now person.
It was Joseph’s warm and sweet interaction with Carter which inspired Kevin to share an important life lesson with his followers.
Here’s how he told the story on his Facebook page:
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 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.
Armentrout praised moments like this, which shows there should be no boundaries between people and terms like “liberal or conservative republican or democrat, socialist or capitalist” should not label a HUMAN.
According to Armentrout, this heartfelt moment shows America at its best. He reminded his readers that through these moments, you can see how kindness and compassion look like, adding:
Joseph from @samsungus in Oklahoma, if this should happen to find you. Thank you for showing my daughter what kindness and compassion looks like. Continue to shine your light in the world. #HateIsLearned #LiveWithPurpose #BeRelentless
Speaking for Yahoo Lifestyle, Armentrout revealed that Joseph watched Charlie Brown and shared cheese puffs with his little daughter, and didn’t mind her screaming or being fussy.
Even Joseph’s friends, who saw the heartfelt post, said they were not surprised he was caught doing a random act of kindness, with one writing:
I can tell you he is indeed a great man and he is awesome with kids of all ages!
While another continued:
I first met [Wright] in school in 1976. This is exactly how he was then and throughout our years in school…beautiful human being then and now.
Armentrout’s post has been liked over 180,000 times and shared over 70,000 times. So, let moments like this inspire many others to be more positive and respect and love each other more.