Yesterday Kassa tweeted the link to this post by an American mumma.
I thought it was so unbelievably awesome that I knew I had to share it with you all here.
I encourage you to take the time to read this piece about bullying and the trickle-down effect of cruelty as well as the letter to her son which appears at the end.
There is no doubt in my mind that you will be as moved as I was.
It did make me tear up a bit. The kid and I have been having some discussions (although I'm 99.9% sure she's straight) but thanks to Degrassi (ugh) and how one of the parents is treating the gay kid or the transgender kid I've been able to give my opinion on how those parents should be more accepting and it's not a big deal and I think it's mean to treat them so. Hopefully she gets it.
It was a great post.
A friend of mine sent me that link (he happens to be gay) and he said “I have no words for this.”
What a wonderful post and thank you for sharing!
Um, wow. Thanks for sharing that particular link. I'm amazed at her beautiful articulation of many beliefs that are similarly present in my heart as well.
Thank you so much for sharing that. Simple, elegant, brilliant.
That was wonderful. Thanks, Kris.
(And for the cat pic, too!)
Yep, I've read it already thanks to Kassa's tweet.
I was very impressed and moved by the post. And it gave me much food for thought. Simply awesome.
Tam: No doubt in my mind that your kidlet gets it. She's one of the most grounded and accepting that I've ever met. Must be something to do with her Mum. 🙂
Kassa: Thank YOU for sharing it in the first place, Kassa. It was/is an amazing post.
Miranda: “I'm amazed at her beautiful articulation of many beliefs that are similarly present in my heart as well.”
One of the things that really moved me was her where she discusses Christianity and the bible in her letter to her son. I wish more people believed this way.
Chris: Welcome. 🙂
KZ: It was, and it was very much my pleasure.
Lilli: “And it gave me much food for thought. Simply awesome.”
Me too. I had it up in my browser for most of yesterday morning and kept on going back to reread it.
Great post but a bit too religious for me.
The ideas are great though
That was awesome. I wish I'd had that mama. I'm sure many people wish they'd had that mama. She sounds great, and that was a beautiful letter she wrote her son.
Ingrid: I thought the argument/ideas she put forward about religion and specifically Christianity were great also.
Em: I'm lucky enough to have a Mumma like that and I appreciate that fact very much. Pretty much daily in fact.
Thank you for sharing this.
At the risk of sounding corny I have to say that if more people thought that way the world would be a much nicer place.
That was lovely, Kris. Thanks for sharing.
Eva: Corny though it may be, Eva, I thought exactly the same thing after I'd read the post. 'Wouldn't the world be a better place…' Something we should all strive to remember in our dealings with people.
That was wonderful. Thank you to Kassa and Kris. I'm glad I saw this right on the heels of a letter that was sent to my boss (a priest) at our church that was complaining about the fact that we had recently not only ordained 2 women (which in his mind was a no-no) but also that one was in “an unrepentant lesbian relationship” and of course used the Bible as a reference for all of his points and misinterpreting most of them. So seeing this was absolutely amazing and I loved every word.
I do have to wonder, though – and damn my mind for doing so – but not knowing the blogger I have to wonder why she decided to write this to her son? Does he show indications of being gay? Is he the oldest and therefore more likely to understand the letter in the near future? Why would she not write it to all of her 3 children? Is it because people think it's more likely for the son to be gay then the girls? Ug. Why does my brain do this to me?
That was a beautiful post , thanks so much for sharing Kris.
Tracy: “Why does my brain do this to me?”
Because you have red hair. 😛
My initial reading – and I might be wrong and need to go back and give it a reread – was that the issue came up in association with an incident or a discussion or something with her son and bullying, hence the focus being on him as opposed to his siblings. I could be wrong though.
Nastassia: Glad you liked it, hun. 🙂
Thanks for sharing, Kris. That made me teary.
And I really liked this line: “If our goal is to be tolerant of people who are different than we are, Chase, then we really are aiming quite low. Traffic jams are to be tolerated. People are to be celebrated.”
Richelle: This is the part of the letter that got to me…
“And while we were holding you we would say a silent prayer that as little time as possible passed between the moment you knew you were gay and the moment you told us. And that you were never once afraid to tell us.”
It made my heart ache.
I…have no words. It was…wonderful and had to try very hard not to shed tears all over my keyboard.
Thank you Kris!
Orannia: You are very welcome, my love.
Thx for sharing. (much to my personal relief,) it proves you don't have to be a homophobe to be a Christian. Hey, I should get that on a t-shirt…
damn, forgot to hit the follow comments button.
Kaetrin: You should. 🙂