Mom’s Open Letter To Teen Boy At Skate Park Will Make You Feel All The Feelings
OK Canada, we've had our problems, I don't think that we can deny that. It began with those WTF giant inflatable beavers at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics closing ceremony, and recently came to a head when Blue Jays fans loutishly covered the Rogers Centre field with garbage when they didn't agree with a call during the ALDS. Morons.
But you've made an impressive comeback with this.
In a story that's going viral, at least in Canada, a teenager in Cambridge, Ontario, was selflessly kind to a young girl at a skate park, and it's tugging at all the right heartstrings. The girl's mom, Jeanean Thomas, wrote an open letter to the teen on Twitter (she didn't get the boy's name) and it was picked up by the Cambridge Times.
Here it is, and be warned: it could get dusty where you're reading this.
Dear teenage boy at the skate park...
You’re probably about 15 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.
This is so great on so many levels -- not only because there's a 15-year-old out there who has the empathy and courage to kick peer pressure to the curb and help a little kid, but because the mom is teaching great life lessons as well.
According to the Cambridge Times, the little girl was at the park in the first place because she was using her mom's old skateboard. In teaching her daughter to go for things that interest her and not be restrained by gender stereotypes, she's just as much a hero as the teenager.
But I still want that kid off my lawn.
Dear teenage boy at the skate park... pic.twitter.com/78ry5esoTa
— Jeanean Thomas (@JeaneanThomas) October 11, 2015
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