Jeanean Thomas was shocked when she took her little girl, Peyton, to the local skate park. However, her shock was not the result of the stream of cursing and smoking teen boys lined up at the ramps, but rather the actions of a single teen that changed the way she looked at the world.
The doting mother took her 6-year-old daughter to the skate park to try out her skateboard for the very first time. Her daughter had been worried that skateboarding was “just for boys,” but her mother assured her that girls could partake in the sport as well. When the pair arrived at the local skate park, Thomas was worried because the park was filled with teen boys who seemed troublesome with their foul language and smoking habits. However, she let her daughter use the ramps and was taken aback when one of the teens approached her daughter and asked if he could help.
To her surprise, her daughter listened intently as the boy taught her proper footing and how to balance and steer. She says the teen spent an hour with her daughter and that Peyton left the park with a new sense of confidence all thanks to the teen who took the time to show her the ropes despite taunting from his friends. Jeanean was so impressed with the teen boy’s behavior that she took to Facebook to pen him a letter of her appreciation.
The Daily Mail reports Jeanean Thomas says her 6-year-old daughter Peyton had wanted to learn to skateboard for some time but was worried that it was “only for boys.” Her mother convinced her that it was for anyone, and the little girl purchased her first skateboard. The pair then went to the local skate park, where the mother says she was a little worried since the park was full of teenage boys who were cussing and smoking as they rode their skateboards down the park ramps.
Despite the unappealing nature of the park, Jeanean says she told her daughter that it was fine, and she could use the park ramps just like anyone else. The little girl struggled as she attempted to use her skateboard on the ramps for the first time. However, the struggle didn’t last long — to her surprise, one of the teen boys approached Peyton and asked if he could help her out. The teen then spent the next hour, despite taunting from his friends, helping the little girl with her footing, balance, and steering. Jeanean says she was taken aback by the teen’s efforts and penned him a letter on Facebook, noting that his actions have made her look at the world, and the “troublesome” appearing boys on the corner, differently.
“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.”
In the heartfelt letter, Jeanean says that the teen boy not only gave her daughter a new “sense of pride and confidence,” he also changed her opinion on the world as a whole. Jeanean tells CBC News that the scenario opened her eyes to prejudices she has against those who she doesn’t even know. She says that it is easy to judge the teens you may see on a street corner, but those teens could very well be “good kids.”
“Think about that group of teens on the corner that (parents) might think are troublesome and just remember that they’re probably good kids.”
You can read the full letter below.
Dear teenage boy at the skate park… pic.twitter.com/78ry5esoTa
— Jeanean Thomas (@JeaneanThomas) October 11, 2015
She says that thanks to the teen’s efforts that day, Peyton now goes to the skate park frequently and is confident on her skateboard.
[Image via Twitter/ Jeanean Thomas]