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Act of kindness goes viral - Teenage boy gives little girl hour-long skating lesson

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 22/10/2015 | 19:20

Little Peyton is given an impromptu skating lesson
Credit: twitter/Jeanean Thomas
Little Peyton is given an impromptu skating lesson Credit: twitter/Jeanean Thomas
Jeanean Thomas who's open letter went viral Credit: Twitter/Jeanean Thomas

A delighted mother has written an open letter to a teenage boy who taught her daughter how to skateboard at a local park.

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The letter caught the public's imagination and has gone viral, with more than 23,000 re-tweets and 16,000 favorites.

Buzzfeed Canada reports that Jeanean Thomas and her daughter Peyton (6), from Ontario, were feeling slightly apprehensive during their visit to the skate park due to the presence of teenage who were swearing and smoking.

To their surprise one of the youngsters approached Jeanean, and offered to give her little girl an hour-long skating lesson.

To show her gratitude, the delighted parent posted a letter to the teenage boy on Twitter, sincerely thanking him for his random act of kindness.

"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 teenage boys who were smoking and swearing, she immediately wanted to turn around and go home.

"She proceeded to go down the ramp in spite of you and your friends flying past her and grinding rails beside her," the 29-year-old mother said.

"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," 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.

"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.

Jeanean concluded by saying that her daughter left the park with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything.

Talk about paying it forward!

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