We are very fortunate to have a very close group of friends with whom we’ve raised our children. There are 10 adults and our collective children add up to 10 more.
When they were all very young, we would get together at our different homes for BBQ’s – us parents would all have our margaritas going and the kids would all run free, playing together. And, when it was time to say goodbye, if at least one kid was crying because they didn’t want to leave, I felt it was a huge success.
As the years have gone by, we all still get together at Hannukah and Passover, and we’ve all made a commitment to keep this going for all time. So far we are doing pretty well.
At this stage, some of the kids are in college, and others have started their new lives in different states; but whoever is here and can make it does. I love each of these kids like they are my own, and I am so proud of the people they have become.
Yesterday I read a piece written by one of our 10 children, and I was so moved. So extremely proud of him. He is such an amazing guy, and that he had to suffer one day makes me sad. But I was so proud of his honesty … of the courage it took to write this. And the beauty with which he did so. I encourage you to take a few minutes and read his story.
Each and every one of us on this earth is just trying to make it happen. To find our way in this world … and to live an authentic life. And we all deserved to be loved … and to love fully, with no shame.
It’s the craziest thing to me that there is judgment about love. That anyone would have to “keep under wraps” who they love, much less who they are. The burden of keeping a secret of that magnitude is unimaginable to me, and I imagine to most of us.
I am so happy for Jackson that he could take his beautiful talent as a writer and share this story of his journey with us. It certainly takes guts.
I hope you will open your hearts and minds this holiday season and every day in the New Year – not only to Jackson’s story, but also to all the many colors life has to offer us. Make the commitment to try and understand people who aren’t like you. I know the world would be a better place if we all were more understanding and inclusive. And if we all started from a place of love.