To Ethan (at fourteen).
You will survive your crippling depression. You will survive your conservative North Idaho town, high school, and classmates. You will go off to a state university and realize how warm and loving the world can actually be. You will grow weary of hiding yourself for so long. You will “come out of the closet”, only to be welcomed with open arms. You will fall in love - and God, you’ll fall hard. You will be so much better than you thought possible.
And, over a glass of wine at sunset on the day that the U.S. government nationally recognizes marriage equality, you and your mother will casually discuss equal rights, love, and your own personal journey to realizing who you truly are. And believe me, you have even so much more to look forward to.
Ethan (at twenty-two).
P.S. Thank you so much for giving me the chance to see today.