According To Matt Archives - The Greatest Gift
Originally posted on: Saturday, 20th December 2014
Thank you all for the comments on my last post and also for all of the very useful suggestions on how I could improve on my angel. You've all given me a lot to think about and inspired me not to give up on perfecting this festive project.
I mentioned last post that I only had 4 days left at work before I fly home to England! Well... now I only have 2!! The count down is well and truly underway and the anticipation of seeing all of my family is verging on being too much for me!
Earlier in the week, I received my first Christmas card of the year. What a special card it was, full of Christmas cheer. It warmed my heart!
Now those of you that have read my previous posts and followed me for a while will know that 90% of the time I stick to blogging about my projects, but every now and then I get a little sentimental and a little personal. This is one of those personal occasions, so I'd stop reading now if you don't want to hear any of my sentiments.
This Christmas card was extra special because it featured two little penguins sharing a kiss. Two boy penguins! Special, because it was blatant acknowledgment of the relationship that I have with Dennis.
Here's the card in full: Isn't it sweet!!
So here's why the card means so much to me!
Firstly it's the first gay Christmas card I have ever received!
Secondly it's from my Mum and Dad.
I hope my parents don't mind me telling you this ... but when I first came out to my Mum as being gay, she had an extremely hard time coming to terms with it.
A few years have passed since then and I can honestly say that both of my parents are totally cool with their gay son. In fact they couldn't care less.
They see how happy I am with Dennis, they realise that with Dennis, they have gained an extra member to their (already) wonderful family! How could that be a bad thing! They have gone full circle and fully embrace Dennis and I. For that I am grateful and extremely proud of my Mum and Dad!
Finally to top it off, This year I finally plucked up the courage to tell my Nan and my Grandma that I am gay. Enough was enough, I was tired of lying to them that, telling them the reason I didn't have a girlfriend was because my career was my priority. (yeah right!)
They were missing out on a huge part of my life and I was saddened by that. They now know about Dennis and were totally unfazed by my "coming out", in fact, they didn't care. They told me that it only mattered that I lead a happy life! Which....is true. Happiness is the key!
So this year I go home for Christmas and for the first time with Dennis.
My grandparents will meet him (finally) as my boyfriend and we will all celebrate Christmas together.
Happy with no secrets.
This card is a symbol of that and that's greatest gifts I could ever have imagined to receive!
Thanks Mum and Dad for the perfect card!