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It's amazing to me how much I picked up about my Mom and her decisions as I've gone through life.
My Mom came out to me when I was 8. At that time I just understood that my Mom loved a woman instead of a man and that other people wouldn't like it, so I had to keep it a secret.
By the time I graduated from high school, I understood my Mom had to leave two kids behind (with my Dad), which couldn't have been easy. I also understood that she couldn't tell the majority of her family the truth. I couldn't imagine how difficult that was.
As a twenty-something I came to understand the pressures society had put on my Mom. I also came to understand that those pressures weren't as big as she made them.
Then in my early thirties I understood the tough choices my Mom had to make in honoring who she is and creating a life that would allow her to be herself.
Most of the things I understand about my Mom came from observations as a child growing up. I pieced together a large amount of information by observing my Mom's interractions with others. It's amazing what we can pick up as children that no one has to explain to us.
Keep this in mind as you and your children continue to grow. They get more than you know.
Create a great day!
Kristen Beireis, Life Enthusiast
Supporting adults with GLBT parents in creating amazing lives.