A former U.S. Marine from Las Vegas was floored by the kindness his 16-month-old daughter received from a stranger while waiting to board a plane to San Diego.
“Last night, while waiting to board our plane, @_carterjean_ was being her usual inquisitive self wanting to meet and say ‘hi’ to everyone she could, until she walked up on this man,” Kevin Armentrout, a writer, speaker and nutritionist, wrote in a Facebook post Saturday. “He reached out and asked if she wanted to sit with him.”
The post has more than 67,000 shares as of Tuesday morning.
Armentrout told USA TODAY the man is a field sales manager for Samsung from Oklahoma (his destination).
“He pulled out his tablet and showed her how to draw with it, they watched cartoons together, and she offered him snacks,” the post continued. “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.”
The post then took a turn for the political.
“In a country that is… 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.
Armentrout reached out to the man at the end of his post.
“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.”
The two have since spoken on the phone, Armentrout said.