Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Rat-Bastardship and State Run Nursing Homes

I ran across this letter on a social network. Not being the only individual to peruse social networks, (Facebook for one please, just doesn’t work) I assume this may be common knowledge. However, I found it very touching because, gay or straight, what kid doesn’t want their dad to say, “I’ve loved you since you were born.”


From Modern Family:
“Oh let’s play our favorite game, blame the gay parents.”  “You want to know who had straight parents?” “Hitler.” “Need we say more?”


Several years ago, NPR was doing an interview with a famous choreographer who was openly gay.  The interviewer asked him about how he came out of the closet to his parents.  He said, “Well, I was asking them what girl they thought I should ask to a school dance.  They sort of looked at each other and then they said, ‘Son, you’re gay.’ And I thought, ‘You know what, I think I am.’” He went on to say that being a gay man had obviously created challenges but the support of his parents was something he held in very high regard because it was not an experience most of his peers experienced.


If you haven’t noticed, I am just a bit opinionated about a few things.  For example, as a very jaded, middle-aged social worker, who works with a geriatric clientele, I would suggest, as you age, don’t be a rat-bastard to other people, especially if those people are in the traditionally horrible, self-doubting teen  years, and in particular if you are the parents of the people in the traditionally horrible, self-doubting teen years. That is unless you want to rely on the state for things like personal hygiene, medical care, financial management, social interaction, validation of any kind, comfort as you age and arranging your funeral.


It’s good advice.

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