Parents get a pretty raw deal while traveling. It’s not easy being 100-percent responsible for yourself plus at least one other human being. They have to tend to their child's every possible need — or, at the very least, keep them occupied.
That’s why when a good stranger comes along to show parents a little kindness and maybe even give them a little break, it can be very much appreciated.
One dad met a stranger like that on Feb. 1 while traveling from Las Vegas to San Diego with his wife and 16-month-old daughter, Good Morning America reported.
Kevin Armentrout, whose talkative daughter, Carter Jean, was “being her usual inquisitive self” at the airport, met a man named Joseph Pat Wright while waiting for their flight, he wrote in a Facebook post.
“[Joseph] 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. This wasn’t a short little exchange, this was 45 minutes,” Armentrout wrote.
Beyond simply noting how nice Wright was to his child, Armentrout was struck by how much of a profound moment it was, especially in the current political climate.
“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. 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.
He ended his note by thanking Wright for “showing my daughter what kindness and compassion looks like.”
The post has been shared over 128,000 times, but it is unclear whether or not Wright has seen it. Occasionally, posts like this do reach the people they are written to, like one from a mother to a man who gave up his first class seat for her chronically ill daughter.
Next time you're stuck waiting around an airport, maybe use your time to make someone else's day better. It'll likely make your trip better, too.