Not All Skateboarders Are Hooligans!
--by eyemknowsyko, posted Aug 5, 2007
Last week I went with my boyfriend to visit the first town that he lived in -- a very small town along the Oregon Coast, when he moved from Korea to United States as a child.
We went to the skate park that he had helped the city build as a teenager.
While we were there, there was a 10 years old boy who really took a liking to my boyfriend. For some reason, they just got along. Maybe because he was older and skating, it gave the kid someone to look up to.
After they rolled around on the crappy cement for an hour or so, we were getting ready to leave. My boyfriend noticed that this boy's skateboard was in very bad shape. So as we said our goodbye he handed the kid his skateboard, which was pretty much brand new and expensive.
With that childlike awe, the 10-year-old just stood there and asked "Can I try it?"
And then my boyfriend replied, "Here, keep it. It's yours."
He just stood there, stunned, his mouth wide open. "Really ... REALLY?!? Thanks dude!!"
The smile on that kids face was awesome. When he went home with that board, I bet his parents probably thought he stole it.
But I know he will remember that for the rest of his life, and maybe when he gets older he will pass it along and do the same thing for someone else.
The story says a lot about generalizations we all make about groups/types of people and about the difference a RAOK can make.
peace to you