A fabulous idea, Vanessa!
I was very closeted before I came out at 25. I didn't personally know a single openly gay person. When I finally did come out I suddenly discovered all these wonderful GLBT people and the families that accepted them and the churches that welcomed them. I was shocked! How could I not have known? How could so many people not have known?
How to describe it? For me the feeling was like having already seen the ending to The Six Sense
and being stuck in a theater with everyone who had never seen the movie. It's like you're just waiting for them to realize the "secret" that's been in front of them all along.
Ok, now for a little love story. In my lap is a purple keepsake box. It's for Chris and I to put stuff in that's meaningful to our relationship. We haven't been boyfriends quite a year yet, so it's only got a couple of items in it. (Alot of things we've given each other would not go in a keepsake box. I got him an electric toothbrush for Valentines. We're kind'a practical I guess.
Anyways, one of the things inside the box is two slips of paper from fortune cookies. Our first date was at a chinese restaurant called The Gay Dragon. I mean The Happy Dragon. And so we're on our first date and having a good time and he opens up his fortune cookie. He reads it, smiles, and says, "Yeah, this kind'a applies to today." So he slides it over to me and I read the little piece of paper. It says, "God not only will listen to your prayers, but also will make them come true."
My first thought: Geez, this guy's really laying it on heavy here.
So I then precede to open my cookie. And after fishing the piece of paper out, here is what I read: "There's a secret romance blooming! Go for it, in spite of your hesitation."
I kid you not. The message was "go for it." And if that wasn't enough, it added "in spite of your hesitation."
So here we are almost a year later!
Check my profile for a picture.