Hi Mom,

“Hi Mom,

I wanted to come say hi but he wouldn’t let me talk to you today. Thankfully, I just stocked up on card stock before I came. I know you don’t like pink, but it looks pretty with the flowers. First of all, I wanted to let you know I bought a motorcycle. Kidding, of course….

But, really, I hope you’re resting easy. It’s been hard for us, but you know we’ll make it. I got an A on my test today and went to call you but then I remembered I couldn’t. Anyway, I got an A. It wasn’t too bad but I got distracted for a while thinking about what to make for dinner. Elijah was good this morning. No poop or pee in the house but he started his cough again, I hope that goes away soon. He has been watching Fox News and it’s really starting to concern me.

I wore my new shirt for you today. It’s a little too big but you know I can fix that. Thought it matched the way the sky looked and on the off-chance someone was looking at the perfect angle they would think ‘damn, that shirt matches the sky!’. But you know how I think. I took my ring off for you so you could feel it again, if he lets you. I’m not so sure this place is an ally so hopefully my gayness didn’t offend your neighbors. Oh, you got new neighbors today. Their flowers aren’t as pretty as yours, just so you know.

Have you seen Amy Winehouse? I’m not so sure she went to the same place as you but if she did, tell her I love her and don’t scold her for not going back to rehab. She was ill, you know that. It’s 70 degrees today but there’s a nice breeze so hopefully that helps you some. I’m still wearing a coat, of course. Is there a dress code? Because if there is, please follow it. I know you don’t like wearing clothes but sometimes you have to.

I wanted to talk today and even though he isn’t letting us now, I want to make sure you know I’m thankful. I wouldn’t have the life I have if it wasn’t for you. I wouldn’t have my house, my dog, my car, my job, I would probably still be stuck in engineering at Akron, I wouldn’t have my lovely boyfriend, I wouldn’t have my family, and I probably wouldn’t be able to cook as good as I can. I don’t know what I would have. Maybe I would still have my looks but you never know, I could have turned out to be super duper ugly without you. Most importantly though, I wanted you to know that I miss you. A lot. More than I ever thought I would. I know you’re still there for me but it’s just not the same.

Anywho…. sorry this was a lot longer than I thought it would be. You know how much I can ramble. Well… you knew everything about me and understood it. I hope I can come back soon enough to try and talk to you again or maybe someone else will find my letter and read it to you for me. I also have class tonight, so if you can pull any strings with our homie upstairs, let’s make it go easy.

I’ll talk to you soon,

Norman.”

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