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Hi. I’m the honorary Holiday Dad. Moms get nicer cards on Mother’s Day, but dads have hearts, too. Or at least some of them do. Maybe your fathers weren’t as accepting of your lifestyle as you’d hoped. Maybe you’re feeling alienated…isolated…alone. Let’s talk, OK?
I want to introduce you to somebody very special in my life: my son. He came out to us six years ago, at age 14. After he made his announcement, he said he noticed a sad look in my eyes. I assured him it had nothing at all to do with him and everything to do with the way I knew the world to work. But I don’t call my son the apple – nay, the orchard – of my eye for nothing. He has navigated his path with grace and assurance. He’s a strong, caring young man who attracts friends easily with his big smile and warm, outgoing personality. He’s benefitted from having supportive parents, of course, but he’s made his own way in the world.
I don’t know exactly what you’re going through in your own life. I grew up in a time when religious prejudice was far more pronounced than it is today, so I know something about being an outcast. You have your own story and all I can say is if I were there I would want to listen to that story. Not to preach or judge but listen. With my heart as well as my ears.
I admire you so much. Your big, generous soul moves me. Your search for love and acceptance inspires me. As your Adopted Holiday Dad, I can’t truthfully tell you that things are always going to go all right, but I can assure you that you will not be alone. You are loved and appreciated by more people than you can possibly know, people whose names you may never learn. I’m proud to be one of those people. I’m proud that you’ve selected me as a Holiday Dad.
I don’t know which holidays you choose to celebrate, so I wish you a hearty Happy Everything. My son told me to tell you that he sends his love, too. May the coming year bring you peace. May it gladden your heart and expand your circle of loved ones. May darkness stay far from your door and may the holiday spirit find an enduring place in your life. Bless you, Holiday Child. You’re my hero.
Your Loving Holiday Dad, Burt