It is not often that I share stories about Jacob here, but when I do they don’t always paint him in the best light. He has had some issues recently and we are trying to get passed them. When I heard this story the other day, I just couldn’t wait to share it with all of you to show you the goodness that lies in him. It is in there and I love when it peaks out. It makes me one proud mommy.
While I was driving the kids home from my parents’ house the other day, Jacob started telling me about his day at school. I was surprised that he was opening up to me since he is currently starting that pre-teen angsty crap where he doesn’t feel the need to share anything with us. He started by telling me about some kids getting into a fight at school. An 8th grader bullying a 6th grader. Lovely.
Apparently this 8th grader thinks it is funny to walk around the school calling all of the kids that he bullies “gay”. Well, on this particular day it was Jacob’s turn to be under fire. The kids started talking smack to Jacob and said something along the lines of “whatever, you’re gay” to Jacob.
Jacob looked right at him and said, “Yep. I am.”
The bully turned around and walked away.
As Jacob told me this the tears started welling up in my eyes. I couldn’t have been more proud of him at that exact moment. He stood up for himself and the bully couldn’t handle it.
I made him retell the story again tonight so that Dave could hear it. I welled up with tears again. It makes me feel like I have really taught him something. We taught him that being gay is ok.
While I am sure that he is not gay, he is not ashamed if someone calls him gay. We have several regular discussions about acceptance of all people no matter what religion, sex, sexual orientation or race. We also discuss that if someday he would come to the fact that he was gay that we would love him just the same.
Why can’t all parents teach the same thing?
I think that I might finally be getting through to him…
Have your kids done or said anything that has shocked you lately… in a good way?