Ramblings of a Rambler – July 2015

~ By Bill Watson ~

Hi Prime Timers. I’m writing this column on June 26th the day after the Supreme Court decision on same sex marriage. In my eyes it was one of the most important decisions in my lifetime, affecting millions of Americans and the life they live. Let me tell you a story of a journey a father and son have taken.

I was blessed with three sons. Each one unique in his own right. Our youngest son, John, the “unexpected one” was a gift. He was probably the most fun raising because he completed our clan. He had the help and guidance of his older brothers Bill and Rex. He was 8 years younger than our middle son Rex. There was never a dull moment in our house, there was always something going on. We’ve had more than our share of laughter and an abundance of love!

Bill Watson

Bill Watson

As the years passed and the older boys went away to college he became focused on his studies. He loved school and the learning process. He thrived for knowledge. Nothing unusual, but I started to think there was something different from the way the other guys grew up. They were a handful. Our youngest, we really never had any problems with. I mean none! It was about his Senior year in high school and I was on a search for a photo of my mother. There was a box of photos under his bed. I opened it up and there were two CD’s about being an adolescent gay. I really wasn’t that shocked, I’m close to my boys and had my suspicions. He came home about an hour later and I told him I went looking for a picture and he turned white. I told him that I loved him and he should never be ashamed of who he is and gave him a big bear hug. The only thing I knew how to do was to tell him I loved him. Love!

John is one of those scary smart people. He earned a scholarship to an engineering school in the Boston area. He now lives in there and works as a software/hardware engineer. We just came back from visiting with him, I’m very proud of him and the life he lives. He’s a good man and that’s all that counts. He can take care of himself. I don’t worry as much anymore.

Ok, now that you have the back story, I want you to imagine what the following words did for this father’s heart.

“No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the SixthCircuit is reversed.”
It is so ordered.

Beautiful words written by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Beautiful words!
We all know an LGBT person, a son or daughter, a brother or sister, a neighbor or friend. How can we even entertain the idea of not treating them right. They are our brothers and sisters, they are us. Like Jon Lennon said “All you need is Love”

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