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Last night after I got home from my coven’s business meeting, my seventeen year old unofficial godson* sent me a text asking if we could make a run to Dunkin Donuts before school in the morning. He explained that he had some exciting news he wanted to share with me. He explained he couldn’t tell me over the phone, despite my efforts to talk him into doing so. I finally relented and went to bed, agreeing I’d find out in the morning.
So this morning, I got up, showered, and headed out to pick him up. As he climbed into my car, he handed me an envelope made of heavier paper — the kind of paper some greeting cards come in. I flipped it over and saw the envelope was addressed to him. Then I saw the return address on it. Whatever I was about to look at, it had come from the White House. You know, the one at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. In Washington D.C. I was excited.
I pulled out the first piece of cardstock in the envelope and began to read a beautifully printed invitation for my godson to attend the White House LGBT reception later this month. I took a few seconds to let what I was reading sink in, then I hugged my godson tight. (Not an easy task when you’re buckled into the driver’s seat of a Mercury Sable, let me tell you.)
We’re not exactly sure how someone at the White House got his name. I’m guessing that someone from GLSEN‘s national office submitted it, as he’s had some involvement at the national level** and is a student member of our local chapter’s board of directors. Between that and his involvement with the local LGBT community center and his school GSA (holding leadership roles in all of them, no less), it’s no surprise that his name got submitted, really. In fact, the invitation is a testament to and wonderful reward for everything he’s done. He’s proud and excited about going to the White House. And I don’t blame him.
I’m proud of him too. And maybe a little jealous. 😉
* Godfather and godson are the best terms we’ve come up to describe the friendship that has developed between the two of us, though our use implies no official status as such.
** That includes having his picture appear on both the national website and the promotional literature for GLSEN’s Safe Space campaign.