How can I begin to express to you how much I love and admire you? The day you were born and I looked into your eyes was happier than a million Christmas mornings or trips to Disneyland combined! Raising you has been such a joy. It has only been a week since you came out to me and I just want to take the time to tell you how proud I am of you for your courage. And I want to express to you how blessed I have been to get to be your mother!
I admire you for your kindness and your bright spirit. Your sense of humor is razor sharp. You keep us all constantly laughing and smiling. You are so easy for me and the others in your life to talk with. You always know the right thing to say. You are so kind to your little cousins. You are such good company. And let’s face it you are brilliant. You have always excelled at whatever you do. You are not only intellectually intelligent, you are emotionally intelligent. I am so proud of you for that! You have always been so creative and talented. Watching you perform, sing, dance, act, or play classical music is so enchanting to me. You are also an artist, poet, cartoonist, composer, and sculptor. God gave you so many beautiful gifts!
And I’m not the only one who feels that way about you. Your whole family counts you as one of their most favorite people in the world. I can’t count the times I’ve heard from your teachers and other people what a wonderful person you are and what a joy you are to be around. I hope you take this praise to heart.
You were born different. Let’s celebrate your many differences! Two things that you were born with: being left handed and intellectually gifted puts you are already in the minority. You were also given the gifts of perfect musical pitch and hilarious comedic timing. You were also born gay. This society often fears and hates this. They fear what is foreign and what they don’t understand. There is so much ignorance.
I have always known you were exceptional and special. You are such a bright soul. All these characteristics that I love about you are encompassed in this wonderful person who also happens to be gay.
I pray that you continue to be brave and strong as you go through your life. Don’t let the haters get you down, and if they do, turn to the people who love you and we will lift you up. We will infuse your spirit with the same joy that you have freely given to us! I am so lucky to be the proud mom of a gay son. What a privilege! Thank you for choosing to be born to me. I am and always will be your biggest fan!
I love you to eternity and back, son.