A mother from Cambridge, Ontario, has written an emotional letter to thank a teenage boy for helping her young daughter learn how to skateboard, despite being teased by his friends. Jeanean Thomas’s daughter Peyton had been wanting to skate for months, but she thought the activity was just for boys.
The 29-year-old mom convinced her 6-year-old child to go to a skate park after explaining that there was ‘no such thing as “Girl things” and “Boy things”, there are just things’. Thomas gave Peyton her old skateboard and the pair went to a local skate park, but the place was full of teenage boys, skating, smoking and swearing.
Peyton began to skate, and soon enough, one of the boys came over to the little girl. Thomas was ready to deliver her ‘She’s allowed to use this park just as much as you guys’ speech, but the boy told Peyton: “Your feet are wrong. Can I help you?”
Thomas was so impressed by the boy’s gesture, she decided to write a thank-you letter to him on Twitter. She wrote: “You proceeded to spend almost an hour with my daughter showing her how to balance and steer, and she listened to you – a feat not attained by most adults! I want you to know that I am proud that you are part of my community, and I want to thank you for being kind to my daughter, even though your friends made fun of you for it.”
Thomas said that the incident opened her eyes to her own prejudice, that all teenage boys are rude or bad. She added that her daughter now skateboards all the time.