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Dad’s Story About Toddler Bonding With Stranger at Airport Goes Viral

Over 124,000 people have shared it in less than four days.


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.

In it, Armentrout wrote “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.”

He continued: “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 attracted some pushback from commenters for mentioning race, but he told GMA that he believes we should embrace differences instead of pretending they don’t exist.

For his part, Wright said that he was “proud of Kevin and his wife for not being the same, not holding back, letting her see the world as it should be.”