-- A Canadian mother was pleasantly surprised when a young man at a local skate park helped her young daughter learn to skateboard.
Jeanean Thomas said one of the skaters took her 6-year-old daughter Peyton under his wing and spent an hour teaching her the sport.
Thomas was so impressed with the unidentified man's kindness that she posted a message on Twitter thanking him.
"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," Thomas tweeted, along with a picture of the pair at the skate park.
"[My daughter] left the skate park with a sense of pride and with the confidence that she can do anything, because of you," she wrote.
Thomas said in the post that she had been encouraging Peyton to pursue her interest in skateboarding even though she thought it was more of a "boy" sport.
"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," Thomas wrote.
The post has been retweeted more than 14,300 times.
The owner of a local skate shop reportedly recognized the skater and gave Thomas his contact information but they have not connected yet.
Thomas said she and Peyton are planning to go back to the park this weekend.