Yesterday was Thanksgiving in the U.S. It’s a day that has become the official start of the Christmas season as families gather for good food and fellowship. But the original intent of the Holiday was to simply thank God for all that he did during the last year.
So what am I thankful for? I’m thankful for my family. Here I am, in my fifth decade, and I finally made an announcement yesterday. I AM GAY! Granted, I’m sure most have suspected it for a long time, but there it was out in the open. And it felt good. A weight lifted off my shoulders and drifted away as I let out a part of me that I had kept tightly in my grasp for so long. Over the years it had grown quite heavy and cumbersome and made me separate myself from my family in both physical and emotional ways.
What happened? Well, there were a lot of tears. My niece cried because she was upset that I had never felt comfortable enough to tell them. My sister cried because she was happy that I finally felt ok to say the words she had always known were inside me. They also demanded to meet Tigger when she visits at Christmas. (Poor Tigger!)
So…..I’m thankful for my family. I no longer have this secret that makes me wear a mask each time I’m with them. They accepted the real me without question and expressed their love and support. I guess I’m pretty lucky… and very thankful.