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Mom’s Letter to Teenager at a Skatepark Doesn’t End How You Think It Will

posted: 10/29/15
by: TLCme
picture of a young girl at skatepark
Cambridge Times

Jeaneen Thomas brought her 6-year-old daughter, Peyton, to the local skatepark in their town of Cambridge, Ontario, so she practice her skate moves. Peyton, a skateboarding novice, was at first intimidated by the older boys who were at the park.

In a letter posted on Twitter, Thomas recalls how they approached the park. "My daughter has been wanting to skateboard for months. I actually had to convince her that skateboarding wasn't for just for boys," she wrote. "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."

Thomas recalled feeling really protective of her young daughter and was on alert for the older boys to give her young daughter a hard time. But instead, she witnessed one of the teenage boys walk over to her daughter and kindly teach her some moves.

"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," she wrote. "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.'

Thomas was floored by the teenage boy's kindness.

"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."

Thomas told CBC News that she hopes her experience will encourage others to reconsider their own prejudices when it comes to teens. "She said: 'Think about that group of teens on the corner that (parents) might think are troublesome and just remember that they're probably good kids."