I’m happy for you both

March 19th, 2012 | Posted by Sonja in Uncategorized

The fact that my brother is gay has always been normal to me.  It was never even a question, not something he had to explain or justify.  All I care about is him being happy. His partner is one of the nicest guys you could meet.

I do however know that sadly for a lot of people, homosexuality is still a big no-no, a word only whispered behind closed doors…

Our mother is going to be 74 this year and being from a very different generation, I know that this was something that has not always been easy for her.  One way or another she had made peace with it all but I have to admit that I was a little worried as to how she would react at this latest development.  I’m not even sure she knows that it is possible for gay couples to get married.

As it had just been my brother’s birthday, he grabbed the opportunity to invite our mum, sister and two nieces to come and visit him for the day to announce the big day.  Always more than happy to go on a trip home, I quickly booked myself a flight to be there with them and offer some moral support, which we all hoped would not be needed.

Rather than making a big speech, my brother had a sneaky plan of simply handing out their wedding invitations to us all over coffee and cake.  To make it look as though I didn’t know, I even gave back the invitation he had already posted to me so he could hand it to me at the same time…

We all opened the envelopes and my sister had clicked straight away.  My mum however, was either struggling to read the small print, or wasn’t quite sure how to react. And, for what seemed like ages, she simply sat and stared at the invite.

Finally the penny dropped and she just said one sentence that I know meant so much to both my brother and his partner; “I’m happy for you both.”  Ok that wasn’t all she said but it was the important bit anyway before she started talking about some dentist appointment…

Welcome to the family dear brother-in-law!!

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