I remember the day you came out to me. We had known each other for a year or two but weren’t terribly close. We were in car and we were both being very candid about our lives. You just kind of casually threw it in the conversation and went on talking.
Later that day you apologized for “coming clean” and I told you not to worry about it. You also told me that I was the first one you really came out to, that you had friends at knew but they knew because of things that had happened, not because you had told them.
I can’t begin to tell you how much it meant to me that you trusted me so much. I think we had always felt comfortable with each other, even before we were so close, otherwise we wouldn’t have been so open with each other that day in car.
I don’t think I have ever told you how much it means to me that you let me into your life and that you feel that you can talk to me, confide in me. I really appreciate your honesty and openness in talking to me.
I have been through a lot with you since that day in the car. We have both had our ups and our downs and we were there for each other. There were plenty of times you cheered me and I know there were times I was there for you too. You do drive me crazy sometimes but that’s just who you are and I love you all the same!
I love you, Austin, all of you, just the way you are! I love your quirkiness and your sassiness. I love your nerdiness and your sarcasm and your sense of humor. I love your intelligence and your love of music. I love your strength and your confidence and your spirit. I love everything that makes you the amazing, smart, silly, nerdy, sarcastic, wonderful person that you are! I’m not going to tell you to never change because people change and that’s just the way it is. So, instead, do your best to always stay true to yourself!
You really have become my little brother Austin! I love you so much, no matter what, and I always will!