- 73 years old
- Date of birth: Aug 26, 1942
- Date of passing: Mar 12, 2016
|Let the memory of John be with us forever|
"The day after Monty's funeral, I stopped by the house. No one was there, they were all down at the park gathering together. John happened to come home right then to pick something up for the group at the park. He urged me to come join everyone, but I just wasn't up for it. John ended up spending half an hour or so visiting with me, telling Monty stories and laughing and crying together. I'll never forget him telling me about finding out Monty was gay and had AIDS... He said "I didn't understand it but I knew that I couldn't ask my son to change and the only way I'd get to walk this journey with him was to change myself and accept my son for whatever he does or becomes." Throughout my life, I think back on the unconditional love and acceptance in that statement, and I try to model it in every relationship I can -- I can't ask others to change, I have to do my own work if I want to walk the journey with them. I miss you, John, thank you for wisdom, compassion, and laughter!"
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