Doing something that takes you out of your comfort zone can be pretty daunting if you are a little girl and want to learn to skateboard but are afraid it's just "for boys." So when she heard her daughter, Peyton, express those fears, her mom, Jeanean Thomas, of Cambridge, Ontario (in Canada), took the girl to a nearby park for some practice.
Once they arrived, Peyton wanted to turn around when they saw a group of teenage boys--swearing, smoking, and whizzing by on their boards. "I secretly wanted to go too because I didn’t want to have to put on my mom voice and exchange words with you," wrote Thomas on Twitter. "I also didn’t want my daughter to feel like she had to be scared of anyone, or that she wasn’t entitled to that skate park just as much as you were." So Thomas told her daughter it was okay. "They don't own the skate park."
After Peyton had skated around a bit, one of the boys approached her. Instead of telling her to scram--as Thomas feared--he coached the little girl for almost an hour, showing her how to place her feet. When she fell off, he held her hand and helped her up.
A mom's letter that's going viral: Thx for helping my daughter despite being laughed at https://t.co/vJP9H3P6WT pic.twitter.com/daZONMTQ0y— Hamilton Spectator (@TheSpec) October 21, 2015
A mom's letter that's going viral: Thx for helping my daughter despite being laughed at https://t.co/vJP9H3P6WT pic.twitter.com/daZONMTQ0y
Thomas was so impressed she penned a letter to him on Twitter. Her message: "I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it. She left the skate park with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you."
Dear teenage boy at the skate park... pic.twitter.com/78ry5esoTa— Jeanean Thomas (@JeaneanThomas) October 11, 2015
Dear teenage boy at the skate park... pic.twitter.com/78ry5esoTa
It turned out that the boy she thought was 15 was actually a 20-year-old who works at a skateboarding shop and sometimes gives lessons to kids. And while he's a bit puzzled by all the attention, he says he was happy to encourage Peyton. "Instead of watching her leave discouraged--either because she was scared of older kids or scared to fall, I wanted to see her leave wanting to skateboard again," he told the Canadian news outlet, CBC News.
via The Daily Mail and Huffington Post