Keeping children occupied is not easy. Nor is it always fun. I was a stay-at-home dad to my oldest son for about a year and a half and boring doesn’t begin to describe it. I love the little guy, but man filling days for him could be tough. Thank god for naps. And “Yo Yo Gabba!”
And I was entertaining my kid in our home. I can’t imagine having to keep a little kid busy in a public place, let alone a nightmarish public place like an airport.
That’s the very situation Kevin Armentrout found himself in earlier this month when he and his daughter were awaiting their flight. His daughter, Carter Jean, is a curious and friendly little girl, and she was occupying herself at the airport, wandering around and saying hi to everyone she could. She’s adorable and surely made many friends, even among the typically stressed and. uncomfortable temporary denizens of an airport. But one new friend went above and beyond, making Carter Jean and her father’s day in the process.
Kevin explained in a Facebook post that his daughter was wandering around greeting people, and she eventually found her way over to a man named Joseph who was sitting at one of the gates. Rather than merely respond to the little girl’s “hi” with a cheerful “hi” of his own, he actually asks her if she wanted to sit with him. When she took the sit adjacent to his, he proceeded to let her use his tablet, showing her how to draw with one the apps, and Carter Jean shared her snacks with him. The unlikely pair sat there, interacting and enjoying each other’s company, for 45 minutes.
“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,” Kevin wrote in a post that accompanied a photo of the unlikely duo. Not only was the dad happy to have a helping hand with his daughter, he saw in their fleeting relationship a glimpse of hope for the future of what is an increasingly divided country.
The post has over 481,000 likes on Facebook and has been shared 191,000 times. Here’s hoping the people that read it take his message to heart, and follow his daughter’s example.