|The Hairy-Chested Male|
I got a phone call from my mother-in-law who lives out of town. This was our first contact since she was told that our marriage was over and that I was gay. I love my mother-in-law dearly; she has always treated me like a prince. She's consistently treated me with more love and consideration than by anyone else in my life, including my own parents. I had been wondering what she thought of me now.
She phoned to find out how I was doing. My mother-in-law then told me that she loved me and that she holds me in the highest regard. She said her [high] opinion of me would never change regardless of what happened between me and her daughter She would never think any differently of me. My MIL added that I was invited to a family reunion in August and all my sisters-in-laws, brothers-in-law and a whole passel of nieces and nephews all wanted to see me. ( doubt that I will go as it's over a thousand miles away)
My MIL knows how hard I worked for decades, raising my children with very little assistance, coping with some difficult spousal behaviour all the while. She went through exactly the same thing with her ex: (my ex father-in-law whose behaviour turned out to be a family trait) She's been there, done that! No one else can truly understand what its been like for us.
It was a very emotional moment for me, a rarity. Although I truly am confident and happy about everything, I am very much on the "edge." I'm feeling a little more fragile than I'm comfortable with.
I was absolutely confident that my children would love me no matter what. I was reasonably sure that my parents would be okay with me being gay. But this unequivocal vote of support from my mother-in-law was quite unexpected.
I must be luckiest, formerly closeted, middle-aged gay guy in the world!