Someone recently asked me about my “coming out” story. I don’t talk about it much because. . . well. . . it’s just not that exciting. Even my sister’s coming out story is more interesting than mine!
Hell, to be honest, I wasn’t even that nervous about coming out–except to my mom.
I knew she’d still love me. . . but she had been asking me for years if I liked girls. . . and I always told her “No, I don’t think so” or “Nope, no girl fantasies for me.”
And it was true! I had never had any interest girls. . . but I hadn’t had any interest in guys either. Naturally, she was wondering.
FINALLY, in May of my junior year of high school, it happened–my first real crush on a girl. I knew I had to tell my mom the truth.
So that Saturday, my mom and I were in her Mustang and she was driving me to my lame part-time job at the public library. About two minutes into the drive (it only took five to get to the library from home), I finally got up the courage to say something.
“I like Kim.”
“Like. . . what?” She looked confused.
“I like Kim. A lot.” I tried to sound casual.
“Like. . . as a friend? Or like you wanna date her?”
“I’m going out with her.”
“So. . . you’re gay?” She put on her turn signal.
“I don’t know.”
“What do you mean you don’t know? You like girls, right?”
“No. I like Kim. Beyond that, I don’t know.”
“You picked now to tell me?” she asked, as we pulled up to the library and she put the parking break on.
“. . . . Yes?”
She gave me a look and shook her head.
“I love you,” she said, and leaned over to give me a hug. “Have a good day at work.”
“Love you, too!” I hugged her and got out of the car.
That was in 2006, and to this day, she still makes fun of me for coming out the day before Mother’s Day.
“What kind of a Mother’s Day present is that?!”
I’d like to thank my mom for raising me to be such a confident, well-adjusted kid. I’m nothing compared to some of the other crazies at my college. =P
- Pretty sure my mom must have one of those in her closet somewhere. . .
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