A father has praised a stranger who sat with his little girl at the airport with pictures of the pair going viral.
Dad Kevin Armentrout was at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Saturday (local time) with his wife and 16-month-old daughter Carter Jean.
As they waited for their flight, Mr Armentrout wrote his little girl was being “her usual inquisitive self” greeting everyone until she walked up to a man and asked if he wanted to sit with her.
“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,” Mr Armentrout wrote.
“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.”
Mr Armentrout included photos of the pair sitting with each other in the terminal.
The man, later identified as Joseph Wright from Oklahoma, is seen showing Carter Jean how to use the tablet.
Mr Armentrout told Yahoo Lifestyle he initially tried to pull his daughter away after she walked up to Mr Wright, concerned about his personal space.
But Mr Wright told him: “Let her come up.”
He added Mr Wright played a Charlie Brown cartoon for her and she offered him some of her cheese puffs.
“There were a few moments she screamed and tried to get into his work calendar, but he couldn’t care less,” Mr Armentrout told Yahoo Lifestyle.
“Joseph asked her if the Patriots would win the Super Bowl and she said, ‘No’.”
He said Mr Wright’s gesture was “huge” and he showed “kind-hearted warmth”.
“This is the world I want for her,” Mr Armentrout said.
“Joseph from Oklahoma, if this should happen to find you thank you for showing my daughter what kindness and compassion looks like,” Mr Armentrout wrote on Facebook.
“Continue to shine your light in the world.”
The post has since been liked more than 190,000 times, 11,000 comments and more than 79,000 people have shared it.
It also inspired others to share their heart-warming stories.
One man, who claims he is often mistaken for Santa Claus, said he was eating at a buffet years ago when a girl about four or five years old came running up to him with her arms outstretched “crying, ‘Santa!’”
“Now I did what anyone should do,” he wrote.
“I opened my arms and picked her up and sat her on my lap and let her hug me tight.”
A woman wrote Carter Jean was a “cute baby”.
“Who’s even paying attention to her race?” she wrote.
Another woman added when she was 19 and on a flight with a six-day-old baby a man offered to hold her baby for her while she drank a cup of tea.
“He never knew the impact he made on me that day,” she wrote.
“I was tired, sick and a new mummy. I never forgot him and I’m getting closer to 70 years old. The good ones are out there.”
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