themachine saidIf you ever get the chance of meeting a parent that disowned their child because of their Christian belief, this quote may come in handy:
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone?"
I didn't know that verse. Wonderful! Thanks, I will remember it.
It also reminds me how really wonderful my own parents were. I was to learn in my 40s that they always knew I was gay. Never spoke of it, even tried to "cure" me of it when I was much younger, but neither did they harass me about it.
They were born in 1911 & 1917, and reflected a different era. I understand that. Hell, all 4 of my grandparents were born in the 1800s! I grew up around family who knew the world before electricity, light bulbs, automobiles, telephones, radio, TV, refrigerators, airplanes, almost everything we have today. Yeah, that's how old I am, how spread-out the generations in my family are.
But my parents were so good to me, never made an issue of the gay. They hoped it was a phase I'd grow out of, and I think my Army career and becoming a Colonel may have reassured them. I even thought the same way myself: you can't be a senior Army Officer and be gay, can you?
There were times I fought with my parents like cats & dogs. Don't we all? But my homosexuality never entered into it, at least not on the surface. And that's one more reason I will always love my parents.
If I ever get any wish I could have, it would be they could be with me here today. And I'd tell them I'm gay, and thank them for the wonderful life they gave me. Damn, I miss them both so much.