Heartwarming Picture Of Man Holding Stranger's Baby While She Does Paperwork Goes Viral
The internet is a pretty grim and horrible place at times, isn't it? But every now and again something does the rounds that just gives you a little more faith in humanity than you had before.
Natasha Crittenden Wilson posted the adorable picture on Facebook, explaining that the woman walked in with her sleeping baby when she was handed paperwork to fill out.
She sat down trying to figure out how best she could handle the situation without waking her little boy as the older gent in the picture offers to help.
Natasha wrote: "This man, from across the room, asks her if she would like for him to hold her baby while she did her paperwork!! She smiled and said that would be wonderful!!
"This man went over there and rocked and loved on that baby like he was his!! My heart Melted!!! Racism is still VERY real in our society today BUT THIS MAN GAVE ME HOPE & a sweet memory I'll never forget!! If you know this man tell him what an amazing person he is!!"
The picture has now been reacted to 1.3 million times, has 75,000 comments and 411,000 shares.
Natasha told CBS: "He loved on the baby as it was his own. I knew that he never interacted with this child before...it was just really really heartwarming."
She went on to explain that she was affected by what she saw and for a very personal reason.
The mother of seven explained: "It was touching for me because my children are biracial."
It was heartwarming 'especially because he was an older white man, just completely not thinking anything of race,' she said. "Just loved on this baby as if it was his baby. He completely saw nothing of colour, and neither did that mom."
Natasha also told Inside Edition: "I see both sides of everything. It's just not very often that you see compassion for a complete stranger, and especially across races."
Taking no credit for the photo, she said: "It has nothing to do with me. It's God's way of saying, 'People we can really love each other.' It just takes each one of us to teach our children there is no colour, there is no hate."
But what about the elderly man in the picture - well he got in contact with Natasha and told her over the phone: "That's just who I am. I've never thought about race or colour. All the children I know call me Papa Joe".
What a LAD.
Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Natasha Crittenden Wilson