This Little Girl Who Stopped Mid-Run to Eat a Snack Is My Hero

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A teenager’s tweet about her younger cousin has gone viral because it’s so damn relatable. Seventeen-year-old Briseyda Ponce shared a picture of her eight-year-old cousin, Allysson, eating a snack while she jogged around the neighborhood. Why have I never thought to bring a snack on a job? Eight years old and she’s already smarter than me.

Briseyda, who lives with her cousin’s family in Texas, told BuzzFeed she goes for a daily jog and was surprised when her cousin asked if she could join her. While they jogged, the younger girl confessed to her cousin that the reason she wanted to exercise was because some kids at her school had called her fat. Those little shit heads. To add insult to injury, one of the kids was her crush, Hector. I don’t believe in hitting children, but I could make an exception in this case.

The teenager handled the situation beautifully. “I explained to her how beauty isn’t physical, and if she wants to work out or run it has to because she wants to be healthy, not because of others’ opinions about her body,” she recounted to BuzzFeed. “We laughed it off.” I’m glad they could laugh because I’m currently looking for a shovel. I’m coming for you, Hector.

The cousins continued to run around the neighborhood, but Allysson quickly grew tired of jogging and started to walk. When Briseyda turned around to check on her cousin she discovered that the younger girl had pulled a Rice Krispie treat out of her pocket and was munching away. What a legend. Briseyda thought the moment was adorable, and shared it on her Twitter feed, where it took off.

Briseyda said they spent the rest of their time outside walking around the neighborhood while she tried to make her cousin understand how beautiful she is. What an awesome person this teenager is. I wish she were my cousin.

Luckily, young Allysson seems to have taken her cousin’s words to heart. “She kind of brushed everything off and forgot about it,” Briseyda told BuzzFeed. Well, I haven’t forgotten. Hector, you’d better sleep with one eye open.

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