Carter Jean and Joseph

Human connections don’t have an age limit.

Writer and veteran Kevin Armentrout was at the airport with his daughter, Carter Jean, last week when she decided to approach some of the people in the waiting area. But this isn’t a parent-in-the-airport horror story. On the contrary.

As Kevin wrote on Facebook, they were waiting to board their plane, and his toddler “was being her usual inquisitive self wanting to meet and say ‘hi’ to everyone she could, until she walked up on this man.”

Rather than give the friendly little girl a perfunctory “hello,” the stranger stopped what he was doing and took the time to respond to Carter:

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.

And it wasn’t just for a moment, either. The man (whom Kevin later identified as “Joseph” from Oklahoma) spent 45 minutes sitting and playing with the toddler.

“I want her life to be filled with moments like this.”Kevin Armentrout wrote this about what happened to his daughter…

Posted by Frank Somerville KTVU on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

For Kevin, the image was profoundly moving. He 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.

What’s more, it gave the happy father the chance to hope that the division we hear about is only an illusion and that there’s room for moments of simple connection like this one:

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.

It was a message that resonated deeply with others. Kevin’s post was shared thousands of times on Facebook and reposted by KTVU’s Frank Somerville.

“To me this is what it’s all about,” Somerville wrote. “We’re all pieces of the same puzzle. I hope some day we can all realize that.”

Somerville’s comments were echoed by others on Facebook who found Kevin’s words inspirational.

Joseph’s sister-in-law saw the post and wrote, “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.”

Kevin concluded with his own words of thanks to the man who took the time to sit and play with his daughter in a busy airport:

“[I]f 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.”

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9 Replies to “Girl Spends 45 Minutes Watching Cartoons With Stranger in Airport. Dad Says: ‘This Is the World I Want for Her’”

  • Kab 1 year ago

    Great! What a wonderful man! Where I come from this is the norm as well. It is sad that people think the norm is extraordinary. I guess maybe where he lives, kindness doesn’t exist from strangers of different races etc. I hope they get the chance to live somewhere they can expierence this everyday.
    On a side note, it’s sad to see a parent engrossed in his iPad on social media. You should watch cartoons with her, show her how to draw on an iPad. Quality time with a parent whose nose isn’t stuck on Facebook does wonders for showing kids attention and their self worth.

  • Buzz 1 year ago

    Its Great that there are still good people in the world. I have had something similar happen to me several years ago when I was working temporarily in Alaska. I was having lunch at a steakhouse and a few tables down a large family group was eating lunch after church. As I was eating a 3 yr old little girl got into the seat opposite me and start talking like we were old friends. The mother came up apologizing to me and I told her not to worry about it. I love children and have 4 of my own. The mother was carrying her 5 month old baby girl and I saw the baby start to throw itself back so I was already ready to catch her before her mother lost her grip on the child. I placed the child facing me on my leg and the mother looked at me and said “Oh My Goodness! She wanted to go to you! She never does that for anyone, not even for her aunts an grandmother! Then she asked me “Will you holder her for a moment? No one is going to believe this! I was shocked a stranger would ask me to hold their baby but I didn’t mind. The older sister and I talked and I talked to the baby making her smile. Shortly about 10 women came of to see and they saw how happy both girls were staying with me and were beside themselves in happy disbelief. I must have had the two girls for between 10 and 15 minutes and had to go over and say goodbye when I had to leave. It truly was a wonderful experience.

    • sm 1 year ago

      You are, then, an official “baby whisperer….”

  • ILW 1 year ago

    This sweet little child is the picture of purity we sometime don’t see right before our eyes. The wonderful gentlemen is a Blessed man! He took time to share his love and make a friend, and wonderful memory for life. The sweet toddler may not always remember that moment, but her family has a memory for the rest of her and their lives. We don’t always know what will make a lasting memory, but that moment will certainly make one. Lovely little story! Wonderful man and child for sure. Thank you Daddy for sharing you sweet child’s experience. Bless Joseph too, for sharing his love and heart ❤️

  • sm 1 year ago

    Never knew a “Joseph” or “Joe” who was NOT a good man…that said, this fellow is exceptional on many levels. That the father/writer could see it as a valuable story to record and put out there in the social media, is fortunate as well. This is what I think most of us want for our country, not the divisiveness we are told is America.

  • David 1 year ago

    This is good and BAD. She is learning to be comfortable around people BUT she needs to learn not to talk to strangers. This guy was/is nice plus dad was there. The next time dad might be distracted and the stranger might be a pedophile that takes her and runs! With small children it is better safe than sorry! The world is a long way from being the kind of world dad envisions.

    • "Isch" 1 year ago

      I disagree. By and large, the majority of the folks in our American culture are exactly what Joseph is, kind and compassionate. The lie that a large percentage of our population is rude and self-absorbed is just propaganda foisted on us by the media. The mainstream media in this country has been successfully infiltrated by anti-American, communist, subversives that have been slowly twisting everything in the public sphere for the last hundred or so years. Their primary objective being the destruction of the nation and society that was made possible by the foundational principles enshrined in our Constitution. This American nation has done more to improve the human condition worldwide, than anything in human history, and for some reason, these people hate that. It’s irrational, and confounds the understanding of most sane people, but read the Holy Bible through, with an open mind, and you will understand why.

  • Anonymous 1 year ago

    People at peace spread that peace. People in turmoil foment that turmoil. Our America has catered to, and been fascinated by those in turmoil. Unfortunately, they do not know God and will never know peace. I feel sad for them.
    However, those of us who know and love God need to band ever closer together and spread our peace. We can return this nation to its goodness, but it starts with each of us resisting and rejecting the turmoil. Turn off or filter the negative and corrupt media. Do not buy their lies. Engage the Turmoil people only on your terms. As they attempt their drama, simply say “I won’t be part of this because it’s in-American.” Explain to them God’s way of peace.

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