Thursday, May 04, 2006

I am going to come out to my parents. Soon. But I figured I needed a little warm-up exercise first. So I started by telling my friend, Will Munson.

Guess what? Just like when I told Jade, Will’s head didn’t explode either. He was surprised, sure, but he’d have been surprised by any out of the blue news I threw at him. And afterwards, he was chill, like it was no big deal, just life, you know?

It’s weird, me and Will. When we were growing up, I was the good kid every mother wanted playdates with, and Will was the one who had… issues. There was this time people thought he burned down a barn. And then he accidentally killed his brother’s girlfriend and ended up in a mental institution.

We read this book for English class a couple of years ago, "The Great Gatsby." The first lines are:

In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I've been turning over in my mind ever since.

"Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone," he told me, "just remember that all the people in this world haven't had the advantages that you’ve had."

I actually thought about Will when I first read it. Will and his mom, Barbara Ryan, who, in just the time I’ve been old enough to pay attention, has gone crazy and committed at least a half-dozen felonies, plus a bunch of misdemeanors, all while swearing she did it all to protect her kids, Paul, Jennifer and Will.

It’s no wonder Will was a little (okay, a lot, and he’d be the first one to say it) messed up growing up. And no wonder that, when I told him how nervous I was about coming out to Mom and Dad, he told me not to sweat it. Will said I have great parents.

I know he’s right.

I hope he’s right.

19 Comments:

Blogger Nic said...

He is right. Good thing you got to talking to someone other than Jade. She's a little conning backstabber who doesn't have your best intrests at heart.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Mark Spies said...

Luke, Finally! Now you have nothing to worry about. You don't even have to come out to Holden and Lily anymore. Remember, this is Oakdale, where once a secret is told, it's only a matter of time before it becomes general knowledge. Oh, I don't mean Will is going to intentionally out you, but you can bet your Grandma's farm he's going to tell Gwen. She in turn, will tell Casey, who will probably tell Lisa, and well, once Lisa knows, you might as well wrap yourself in a rainbow flag and ruby slippers. But really, don't worry, it's all good. Compared to the skeletons everyone else has in their closet (or basement) yours will barely be noticed. And my sincere congratulations for coming out to your old friend.

4:37 PM  
Blogger scottarooni said...

Luke, it's May sweeps already! Your Dad Damian is almost back in town. You need to come out to your folks, already! What's the worst that can happen? Even if your folks disowned you, you know you could always go to Lucinda's. She'd be totally cool with you. She'd probably try to find you a boyfriend! Anyway, it won't come to that. Lily and Holden will find a way to accept you because they love you.

8:18 PM  
Blogger scottarooni said...

Oh, and one more thing, Luke. Ditch the stripes, okay? If you're gay, you've got to get better fashion sense.

9:25 PM  
Blogger h8ed boi said...

Aw, Luke, I'm proud of you. Good job. Really. It's like watching a baby learn to walk. It gives me warm fuzzies inside to see Will being so supportive. You're finally taking your first little baby steps in the right direction, out of the closet instead of deeper inside.

But how soon is soon? Is it tomorrow or in a couple weeks after some more inane angsting? Cause honey, I'm warning you, you can overdose on that stuff. Too much angst ain't never a good thing.

So make it quick. The parentals will get over it, y'all can get rid of Jade, and then move on and hopefully get you some yummy boy action!

Good Luck!
your friend and alias,
h8ed boi

10:58 PM  
Blogger Starlee Banks said...

Way to go Luke! You need to clear out your conscience. Don't be afraid. Trust in your parents. All will be well.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Mary Cherry said...

Well, hon, if you're worried about people judging you, you can just tell those Oakdale folks to take off their robes of righteousness because none of them have a moral leg to stand on.

Oh, speaking of gay, Holden's mullet makes him look like Martina Navratilova. Time to call Queer Guy Kyan for a hairdo to replace that hairdon't.

Kisses!

7:06 PM  
Blogger Mark Spies said...

Mary, you leave Holden alone! In the first place, he really doesn't have a mullet..it's more like a mull-lette. Second, I think he looks younger with longer hair, which is apparently the look they're going for, since he's also had it lightened about 3 shades. That's probably why you noticed it to begin with. i do love all your other comments, though. You and Nic always make me smile!

3:00 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

Yes Mary, I have to agree with Mark on this one, but gee, they changed is hair so fast I like hurt my neck with the double take, yikes.

And I'm glad to make ya smile Mark, 'cause yanno, that's awesome. lol

3:07 PM  
Blogger Mary Cherry said...

Mark, hon, you say the sweetest things. Look, I'm getting the vapors.

Well, maybe the Snyders are ageing in reverse. Jack looks a whole lot better than he did back in the day, too.

Kisses!

5:52 PM  
Blogger Mary Cherry said...

Hm, there's a song running through my mind and that song is "Manic Monday."

6:35 PM  
Blogger Mark Spies said...

Mary & Nic, Keep talking like that and you'll become my favorite fag hags, and I mean that in the nicest way! I know what you're saying about Jack, Mary, and I think here too that it's the hair that makes the difference. Jack used to wear it brushed back, exposing his severely high forehead. His new do is much more flattering. What do you think of Luke's hair?

7:24 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

Oh yay, I'm a fag hag to yet another, haha!

Luke's hair, I like...though I liked it more so before it was a lightened a tad bit too. Though combed back, not so much. But the messy I-don't-brush-it-just-pat-it-down look is nice. ^_^

8:21 PM  
Blogger Mark Spies said...

RAISE THE GAY FLAG! I was starting to think I'd be eligible for Medicare before you came out, Luke! You can finally walk around without that 100 pound lead weight around your neck. By that I mean Jade, of course. Anyway, it's out now, and from the looks of things, Holden seems to be having less trouble with it than Lily. Not to worry, though. Remember, your Dad has suspected it for quite a while, so he's had time to digest the possibility. This is a bolt from the blue for your mother. I just hope nothing stupid happens, like she loses the baby and blames you for it. If that would occur, I, as a self respecting gay man, WOULD stop watching the show. As it is, we're blamed for everything from this country's moral decay to the war in Iraq, to, well, just fill in the blank. If the show goes in this direction, I'm convinced that it's politically driven.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

I'm so with you Mark, I'm excited for him coming out. But ugh, no BS better happen and some blame be put on him...I'd be tweeked.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Mary Cherry said...

And all this time I thought *I* was to blame for moral decay!

Well, I'm GLAAD it's all out now. Holden seems to be handling it better than not-so-Li'l Lily. How big is that kid going to be? The Devil be its daddy.

Was it just me, though, or did anyone else just want to slap the snot out of Lily? I cheered when Holden snarked at her that he and Luke were in the middle of something. Shut up Lily!

Well, Mark, I'm afraid our boy's hair doesn't fair too well with me. It looks like it needs a good wash and cut. I don't mind this type of hairstyle on guys as long as it's attractively done.

Dick Casablancas looks good in it.

6:56 PM  
Blogger Mark Spies said...

Nice to hear from you two, Nic & Mary!
Glad you're with me on the blame issue, Nic. Luke & I both thank you. And Mary, I have to agree with you that Lily was a bit out of line. You'd think she would have jumped for joy at hearing the news about Luke & Jade's "breakup", but then, I don't think she could jump right now if her life depended on it. Mary, I can't make up my mind about Luke's do. I guess it's okay the way it is, but I can't help wonder what it would look like if it were a little neater. I do know I hate Casey's new cut, though.

7:55 PM  
Blogger Alison Stewart said...

I think Luke's new hair makes him look much older....and hotter

It feels so wrong to say that about Aarons brother

9:19 PM  
Blogger Nic said...

Luke looks great either way, sadly it seems to be the gay boys that I always fancy (in looks and all) but I just couldn't imagine his hair shorter...though it's too blonde for my tastes.

And I know, I love how Lily inturuted that moment with her two cents, it was a nice moment between father and son too, though I know he wanted to tell both, but ugh, she didn't have to go on about how there will be other girls...Not exactly, I guess she knows now huh?

9:11 AM  

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