Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A day to remember

Today, the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act and declined to rule on California's Prop 8, which essentially lets stand the lower court ruling that struck down the ban on same-sex marriage in my state. Several years ago, during the height of that struggle, I wrote this for another site I contributed to. I have reprinted it here before. I would do all the hyperlinking that explains it all, but if you don't know what's going on today, climb out from under that rock.

This is my personal wish as only one of the many, many families touched by what the Supreme Court has done today. Because those of us who ARE affected are not just faceless numbers. We're real people with dreams and hopes.

And so, in honor of a momentous occasion, I thought it was appropriate to reprint it -- slightly edited and updated for today's events:

Once upon a time, there was a little boy with a dream.

He dreamed of love. A romantic love, in fact. Of love that transcended the ages.

He knew that his dream was not really all that realistic. It was a dream, after all.

But he continued to hope that one day he would meet the one person in the world who was absolutely perfect for him.

The one person who would understand his dark moments.

The one person who would understand his sense of humor.

The one person who would be the yin to his yang.

The one person who would love him back with the same intensity.

The one person who was meant just for him.

There were many dark years as the little boy grew up. Many years when he thought that one person didn't really exist.

Many false starts. Many times when he thought ... maybe? This time? Is this the one?

And many times when his heart was broken. Not just broken, but smashed to little pieces by a person who turned out to be much less than he thought.

Until now.

The little boy is now less than five months from his 30th birthday. About five years ago, that elusive "person" he was seeking appeared.

And he knows love.

Romantic love.

Precious love.

Someone who understands his dark moments.

Someone who understands his sense of humor.

Someone who is the yin to his yang.

Someone who loves him back with the same intensity.

Someone who was meant just for him.

Today, something happened that would open the way for the little boy and his true love to be able to get married.

Today, it has been decided that it still can happen when he's ready.

As the little boy's mother, I want that for him.

I want for him and his boyfriend to know the joys and sorrows, the ups and downs, of marriage.

I want to dance at my son's wedding.


songbird's crazy world said...

Good to see you again, Janet. What a great day it is.

Nikki said...

Welcome back lady!

KaThYinCoLoRaDo said...

What a wonderful day for a lot of wonderful people. Visiting here gave me lots of happy 'globbing' memories !

Colleen - Mommy Always Wins said...

Whoo...that made me teary, and I remember this post (or some paraphrased version of it you posted here) before. I am SO SO GLAD that you'll be able to do just that.

You know...when the time is right. :)

Heather said...

SO nice to see you post, and so happu that DK can get married.

Janet said...

So it takes the SCOTUS to bring you back to me? I'll take it!!

You will dance at your son's wedding.

A great day indeed. Although those of use partial to the Constitution and its promise of, "equal protection of the law" knew this day would eventually come.

What I find laughable is Mr. Clinton's joy today... Since he is the President who SIGNED DOMA into law!


But that's for another day. Today is your son's day and a day for all parents who simply want their children to have their love mean something.


Rachel said...

I remember that post. <3

Tears in my eye for the joy I feel for your family, and the families of so many of my friends.

What a joyous day, indeed.

Janet said...

And we will dance with you, wherever we may be!!!!!!

karmyn R said...

And I'd love to see you posting those pictures of you dancing at his wedding! Awesome. (having been on the road and on vacation I was unaware of the news)

Suzanne said...

I am so happy he found his special someone-and that you just might have a wedding to dance at soon!

Marthavmuffin said...

I miss your musings, I hope you come back now and then.

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