This week’s challenge, the letter…
Once upon a time I found a dog on my doorstep.
I took him in and called the number on his tags which found me talking to a family on vacation in another state. They lived just up the road so I returned the dog to his yard. He came back to me. I called again and then went to their house and blocked the hole he had dug his way out of so he’d say put.
Almost one year later at another friend’s get together, I realized that that dog’s owner was none other than an mutual friend. She and I had recently met and laughed about how her dog brought us together.
Months passed and I began to see that our friendship was NOT by chance, but meant to be.
She stood up and carried me when I was floundering and needed direction.
She validated me, helped me work through my stumbling blocks and saw someone better in there.
She reminds me of my sister, she became family in no time.
She was one that poured the foundation that built me and held me up when I needed it the most.
She did all of this for me while she was quietly working through a very hard time herself.
One day she confided in me something that she feared would change our friendship.
I owe so much of who I am to this wonderful woman, there is very little she could do or say to change how I feel about her.
In the many years to follow our relationship grew.
We both found our happily ever after and brought our perfect for us people to meet each other.
The family grew and we both moved to the same city.
We BBQ, hike, swim, boat together, trade babysitting when need be and lean on each other like family does.
We trade coupons and parenting tips.
Meg, this isn’t super exceptional… it’s called friendship.
Yup, I know.
How do you feel about me now?
She happens to be a lesbian and her partner is freaking amazing!
They are MY family.
We choose them, they choose us… that’s family.
My life is better because they are in it.
What would I do if one of my children came to me and told me that they are gay?
I thought about that and decided I’d fight tooth and nail for them to be happy and have the basic freedoms that everyone else enjoys.
Not a day would pass that they wouldn’t receive my full support.
No child of mine will suffer by my hand for who they are.
I can’t sit back and be quiet when my family is being discriminated against.
If I’d be vocal then… why not now?
They came over for dinner one night and we talked about how some day they might like to get married.
They are raising an amazing family, why shouldn’t they have the right to be married?
They work, pay taxes and are law abiding citizens.
They live as we do. They are not aliens from another planet.
They have bumps in their relationship just as I do.
I do NOT feel at all like my marriage would be less because they could marry.
Frankly, I feel the opposite.
I became licensed to perform marriages so that I could be a part of someone’s most special day.
I’ve been asked several times in the last year.
Nope… I’m waiting for California.
Hurry up Cali… people are waiting for stolen rights!
I feel VERY strongly about Equality!
It would be MY honor to marry our best friends.
Until they are able to sign on the dotted line just as I did, I’m going to do my part to stand strong for an incredible group of individuals fighting for basic human rights.
I don’t HAVE to, I WANT to.
My first marriage performed WILL be for a same sex couple.
I’m a PROUD to support gay marriage!
I have watched two people come together and make a beautiful life.
I have been there to see them be abused by bigots.
They have suffered and keep rising against all odds.
I’ve witnessed great parenting in action.
I’ve been there for the tears and the best times.
If I could walk you into their life, you may be surprised to see how awesome they are… No way anyone could say that LOVE isn’t right.
Yes, we have talked to and continue to keep an open dialog with our children about the LGBT community.
They see their “Aunties” being great people.
We have many gay friends that visit with us and our children.
There is no neon sign over their heads going off saying- be afraid, beware gay!
I’d entrust my children to any of our friends.
You can’t catch it, it’s not spreading.
Some say being Gay is a choice.
Yes, I believe there is a choice there…
The choice to honor who you are and suffer the fallout
Stay quiet and never be happy or free.
We live in a time where people still throw rocks, but they are bad bigoted words.
In the USA we take for granted our Pride parades in cities across the country. Fun festive and free!
Equality is a hardship felt around the world.
People gathering to walk a few blocks before being arrested or worse.
How many great people do we have to lose before we wake up?
HATE HAS NO PLACE HERE ANY LONGER!
My Handsome Prince had to make some really hard choices to be with me.
What if we had to deal with the extra discrimination as well? Would we have been able to weather it?
That’s what these couples and families go through times a zillion!
Oh yeah we’re ALL going to Pride next year.
The kids were mad we couldn’t attend this summer.
I am proud to be raising open minded people that don’t see gender or color.
I am proud of a very dear friend that had the courage to be herself.
She gave me another treasured friend that we couldn’t do without.
They have 2 kids that are better people than I ever hope to be.
They are the first to show up and the last to leave when there is a need.
They are my family.
My family has been a family for longer than most marriages.
It is MY HONOR to be a part of their lives.
Separate they are pretty cool but together that are a force to contend with… just like the Prince and I.
I am PROUD to let my rainbow flag fly.
If friends are a reflection of who you are, I’m in better company than most.
I DEMAND EQUALITY!
It’s not just a prop on a ballot!
You know and love someone who is gay and so do I.
LOVE is RIGHT.
Listen up California… Rights NEED to be restored!
Slowly we’re going to spread the love until all of these States are United.
I dislike saying “I’m straight”.
I’m a weird unbending line?
Why do we need to have labels?
Because it makes people feel better.
Do you feel any better putting yourself in a box?
Yeah, no one does.
Don’t do it to others, no one deserves to have their lives up for vote.
No one deserves to be told how to live and who to love.
Equality For Everyone,