With all the negativity in the world today, it’s easy to believe that the world is a dark place. That’s why it’s so heartwarming that a video is going viral this week showing a moment that reminds us that there is still good in the world.
Writer and speaker Kevin Armentrout was recently sitting in the airport in Las Vegas, Nevada with his young daughter Carter Jean, who he said was being “her usual inquisitive self.” As they sat in the airport terminal, Carter Jean kept saying hi to everyone who passed by.
The toddler soon caught sight of Joseph Pat Wright, a traveler who was on his way home to Norman, Oklahoma after attending a conference for work. Though he was exhausted from his business trip, Joseph still greeted Carter Jean like an old friend when she said hello to him.
“He reached out and asked if she wanted to sit with him,” Kevin recounted on social media. “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.”
Kevin was stunned that a total stranger would be kind enough to spend 45 minutes talking to his daughter. He posted about the moment on social media in the hopes of inspiring others to bridge the divides in our society and be kind to one another.
“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,” he wrote. “Joseph 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.”
“I love this! And I’m not surprised! Joseph Pat Wright (my brother-in-law) is a Christian man who treats everyone as a friend. He’s a true blessing and your little girl is an Angel herself! She’ll have a friend forever in him,” wrote Linda Taylor, with Thede Green adding, “As a friend and former colleague of Joseph’s, I can tell you he is indeed a great man and he is awesome with kids of all ages!”
“The response I have gotten back from people in Oklahoma is that Joseph is the real deal! And has been his whole life,” Kevin later said.
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