All too often we read stories about bad moms, moms who should never have kids. This isn't one of them. Michelle Conway McClain is exactly the kind of mom a kid needs; especially a kid who is in the midst of coming out.
McClain is author of an incredible Facebook post that's gone viral this week. Maybe you've seen it? It's a photo of a letter McClain wrote to her son, Zach Gibson, after he came out. The mom from Missouri said she didn't get to talk to her son before she left for work, so she left the note on Zach's bedroom door.
Here, I'll let you read it.
It's ... perfect. Funny. Sweet. Encouraging.
It speaks volumes about Michelle McClain as a parent. But so does the fact that Zach came out on Facebook. According to McClain, some people have criticized him for doing so rather than telling her first, but she says she respects his choices.
That to me speaks of a kid who is being raised in a house where he knows he's safe. He doesn't HAVE TO warn Mom first, because he knows she won't freak out; he knows she loves him.
I wish I could pick Michelle's brain, because that's exactly how I want my daughter to feel -- that I will always love her, no matter what. Of course I want her to come to me with big issues in life, but more than that, I want her to feel loved and supported, regardless of what happens in life.
What do you think of Michelle's letter? What would you have written?