Ten-year-old Marely wants to be an artist when she grows up, so her older sister, Emely, tasked her with painting her new pair of Vans sneakers. What started out as a simple request ended up being the most heartbreaking and inspiring story you’ll read all day!

A Heartbreaking Letter

Expecting a newly-decorated pair of shoes when she returned home from school, 17-year-old Emely instead found a heartbreaking note from her little sister. Along with failing to finish painting the shoes, Marely left a note reading, “I’m sorry if you don’t like them I tried my best. Mom said she didn’t like them and that broke my heart. I don’t need you to break it more”.

Emely immediately started bawling after reading the note and took to Twitter to share the devastating effect their mom’s lack of support had on Marely. “I asked my little sister if she could paint my shoes because she wants to be an artist before I left to go out,” she wrote in a tweet, continuing, “when I got home this was on my bed and now I’m literally crying because I love them so much and it sucks how much your parents affect u when they’re not supportive.”