Thanks guys! Except for my mom and sister ducking out before I had the chance to say goodbye to them, it was a good experience and my cousin was so gracious and wonderful. I just finished emailing her and thanking her again for her warm hospitality and acceptance.
Keep her in your prayers-she has a lot of health issues( lupus, diabetes, fibromyalgia, thyroid and pituitary tumors). It has been a long time since I have seen her, and I will be sad to lose her again. I have many fond memories of her when we were kids. But when I moved off 20 years ago, she did too and we lost touch. I think the last time I saw her was when our grandmother died back in 2001.
She exemplifies how a straight family member ought to behave with a gay family member-grace, acceptance, love, and understanding. There is hope for the rest of my family. It will just take time. Why is it that my extended family more readily accepts me than my own sisters and brother?
If everyone cared and nobody cried, if everyone loved and nobody lied, if everyone shared and swallowed their pride, we'd see the day when nobody died. IF EVERYONE CARED/Nickelback