aNoteToMyKid.com provides parents of LGBT and questioning youth, or any parent for that matter, with a platform for expressing unconditional love. I have a lot of friends out there who are struggling with coming out to their folks, or worse – struggling with folks who you’ve come out to and who don’t accept who you are. That’s what this site is for. Sure it’s hokey, and not recommended for anyone who cried during the Google Chrome “It Gets Better” commercial, but it provides a truly lovely emotional resource for people who have something to say and people who need to hear it.
I’m sharing a few of my favorite parts of some of these beautiful notes:
To Emily from Dad:
I love you and have always been proud that you’re my daughter. It doesn’t matter to me who you love or find a connection with as long as you care for them, they care for you, and you are happy. That’s really all parents want for their kids, and what constitutes a parent’s greatest fear – that their child won’t be happy. One thing I pray every time I’m on my knees at Church is that you and your brother will find fulfillment and happiness in your careers and your personal lives – in whatever form that comes……
Your mom and I love you, we’re here for you, and we will always be here for you. I hope this makes you smile….Love, Dad
A Note to David (What Mom Would Have Said):
It is through your amazing heart that we see your kindness and gentle soul. Mom always knew this about you and protected you as much as she could. Mom and I would talk about how she wished so much that she could erase the time in your life where you struggled with who you were. She wished that you could have lived, just as other boys your age did, without thinking you were different.
Mom was always accepting of who you were and felt such a weight lifted when you did come out. She loved her walks with you and although she didn’t tell me this, I could see that she never worried about you from that day on.
We all love you for who you are and see only the kindness and endearment you offer to all of those around you. We are proud to have you as a brother, and mom was definitely proud to call you her son.
Please go visit this site – write your letter if you have kids or encourage parents you know to write theirs. But make sure you have the kleenex ready.