As you can see by my picture, I am an animal lover. I live on the prairie in the Midwest so there is a lot of room for them to play. Scooter and Molly would love to see you, but Sophie, the chihuahua, will run under the bed! They are all rescues. Scooter, the beagle, had 5 homes before I got him forever! He snores, but I love him anyway.
I always wanted lots of kids. That didn’t happen, but we were blessed to be able to adopt a son who was born gay, and fabulous like you! He is 24 now and won’t be able to come home this season, so I am so happy I have you to spoil!
I’d like to give you six gifts. You know I babble on and on when I am trying to share what’s important to me so please be patient. I have thought about these gifts a lot and I hope you choose to take them to heart.
ACCEPTANCE- I give you the gift of acceptance. Do you accept yourself %100? My son tried a long time to be someone he wasn’t and he was miserable. He didn’t want to be different. He wanted life to be easier. It took him until he was 17 to truly accept himself and say it to the world. He lost some friends and because we live in such a small town, there was always gossip. But you know what? He survived, and nothing feels better than loving yourself enough to accept yourself. Don’t beat yourself up over past hurts, whether from people you love or trying to hurt yourself cause you felt you weren’t enough. You ARE enough!
BELIEF- Believe in yourself and your possibilities. Do you feel like you are stuck and will never live your dreams? Find a way to move forward every day. Believe that even tho there are some horrible things that happen in this life and crappy people who will treat you badly, there are also many, many people who are rooting for you. I am one of them. If you don’t have a plan or path to walk on, make one. And don’t worry if you get sidetracked, get back on your road! I believe in you and know you can do it!
TIME- I don’t know if you will understand this gift until you get older, but it’s a valuable gift. Time goes so fast, even tho I know some days seem to drag on and on. Try to spend it with people who see how special you are to this world. Spend some time every day giving time to others. Spend time each day working on yourself too! You are very much loved by me and I want you to be your best true self!
PAY IT FORWARD- This is one of my favorite gifts to give you. Even if you don’t have a penny in your pocket, you can pay it forward. The best part is that you will feel better! When you are feeling low and it feels like you are so alone that you might as well give up- don’t! Go to places where there are people and give of yourself. You don’t have to volunteer, although that’s great, it can be something as simple as sitting on a bench and watching people and giving them a smile or wish them a great day. If you really pay attention, you will see many lonely people struggling. Maybe you will be the only one to be kind to them that day.
CHANGE- This gift, only you can see what is in it. Gandhi said “BE the change you want to see in the world”. I admit I thought this quote was from the movie Bruce Almighty! Haha but seriously, what do you want to change? If it is injustices to the LGBT community, get out there and help and stand up peacefully for what you believe in. Maybe you have soft heart for animals or a passion for art or music or whatever is in your soul, get out there and make a difference.
Ok, I can see that I am starting to sound like a Hallmark movie and I did warn you! The point is, sweetie, that you are so special and so loved, that I want the best for you! I see the fantastic person you are! I see your heart. I see the possibilities of all that you can do! I hope you do too! Please think of 3 great qualities about yourself and then tell them to yourself every morning!!! You are what you tell yourself!!!
I’m done now so let’s go make some popcorn and watch a great movie! BIG HUG to you!
Love you more!