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A mom is using social media to try and find a teenager who was kind to her daughter at a skate park. Jeanean Thomas took her 6-year-old daughter Peyton to learn how to skateboard after she expressed an interest in it.
Peyton had been wanting to learn for months, but she was afraid because she thought it was only for boys. Ms. Thomas encouraged her to give it a try, because she didn't want her daughter to think that there were "boy things" and "girl things." She wanted her daughter to do whatever she wanted to do.
Thomas took her to a local skate park in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. The park was full of teenage boys, hanging out and smoking. Thomas was nervous, but she wanted her daughter to do what they were there to do.
Peyton began to try and skateboard, and one of the boys approached her. Thomas went on alert, worried that he was going to tell them to leave. However, that was not what happened. The boy had seen Peyton trying to skateboard, and he wanted to help her, even though his friends teased him for it.
Thomas was thrilled at the turn of events as he spent the next hour showing Peyton what to do. She wrote a letter to him on Twitter, thanking him for taking the time to help her daughter.
Dear teenage boy at the skate park:
You're probably about fifteen years old, so I don't expect you to be very mature or for you to want a little girl on your skate ramp for that matter. What you don't know is that my daughter has been wanting to skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for just for boys. So when we walked up to the skate park and saw that it was full of teenaged boys who were smoking and swearing, she immediately wanted to turn around and go home. I secretly wanted to go too because I didn't want to have to put on my mom voice and exchange words with you. 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 when she said, "Mom it's full of older boys," I calmly said, "So what, they don't own the skate park." She proceeded to go down the ramp in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her. She only had two or three runs in before you approached her and said "Hey, excuse me …" I immediately prepared to deliver my "She's allowed to use this park just as much as you guys" speech when I heard you say, "Your feet are wrong. Can I help you?" 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. You held her hand and helped her get up when she fell down and I even heard you tell her to stay away from the rails so that she wouldn't get hurt. 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. She left the skate park with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you.
"When we were leaving the park, I said, 'That was really nice of that boy to help you like he did,'" Thomas told BuzzFeed Canada. "She said 'Yeah,' and then turned around and ran back to him and said 'Thank you!' and smiled."
Thomas also told BuzzFeed Canada that Peyton skateboards all the time, now that she knows how to do it—all thanks to a kind boy at a skate park.