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A Note to My Kid--a project of PFLAG National--gives the parents, families friends, and allies of the LGBTQ community the opportunity to share their unconditional love, via notes, photos, and videos.

PFLAG National is grateful to have adopted A Note To My Kid from its founders, Patrick Wallace, Mike Curry, and Michael Volpatt.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Note to Wil from Mom

Dear Wil,

image from http://s3.amazonaws.com/hires.aviary.com/k/mr6i2hifk4wxt1dp/14060219/6b97b141-f67a-4fe3-9ee6-c79c0baa47f2.pngAs a rule, we parents think we do so much to shape our children. We neglect to acknowledge what you do to shape us. I had never known a love as deep as that I had for you, that day you were born. (I actually called my mom and apologized. I told her I had no idea she had felt that way about me as her child, and if I had known, I would not have done half the shit I did to her while I was growing up.)  


Yet even though I loved you more than I had ever loved before, there was a greater love inside me still untapped. It was years later, and it was you who taught me, when I learned the true meaning of a parent's love for a child, of that divine love they speak about in religion, but seldom achieve: unconditional love.  


It wasn't until I stopped trying to shape you into something I understood to be more socially acceptable and allowed myself to love you, exactly as you are, that I understood unconditional love. Since then my heart has burst open in, as has my ability to love others and make change in this world so it's easier for all of us to love others. And since then, our family has been healing from the years of hurt that preceded this simple yet powerful epiphany. Baby, I am forever grateful for your patience over those years of your young life, and for your openness to heal, with us, as a family. 


You have given me the single most powerful and precious gift of my life.


Thank you baby! I love you.


Catherine Hyde

1 comment:

  1. Simply beautiful. So eloquently put and yet so
    so beautiful and full of loving acceptance and appreciation. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing letter!

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