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I wish I could explain to you how wonderful the Internet has been for me. If you’ve lived any part of your own life online I’m sure you’re probably familiar with how many wonderful people are out there, teaching others about acceptance through their own examples of wholehearted living. One of the kindest emails I received after Vivi was born was from Kim in Texas. I had lost touch with her in 2009, the year that seemed to be terrible for everyone. We had somehow found each other on Flickr in late 2008, and have followed each other on and off through little snapshots of our daily lives. She congratulated me and offered me the most simple blessing in regards to raising these two little girls of mine. Kim has three children of her own, the oldest is now 23, and her daughter takes the on the role of big sistering as seriously as Addie does.
So often we’re guilty of thinking of different as “weird” or “gross” when that simply isn’t the case. I fantasize about lying in a bathtub full of cats and one of my life list items includes having my makeup done by a drag queen. I also happen to be a part of a very peculiar religion, but it’s what works for me. More importantly I understand that what works for me doesn’t work for everyone. While there is a stereotype around Mormonism that we are polygamists, I dare you to find a mother who hasn’t wished for a sister wife at one time or another. The logistics may be a little strange, but the premise of having more support in our roles as wives and mothers? Not too shabby.
The Internet can teach us so much about other people without even having to ask. Blogs are tiny little windows into the lives of others where love is everything and so many of us are just trying to do our best. Only a handful of times has someone found out I’m Mormon and verbally gone running in the opposite direction. *shrug* I guess they’re going to miss out on all this awesome. I met Polly of Lesbian Dad backstage at the community keynote at BlogHer in 2008. Polly gave me a hug that changed my life that day and I’ve carried it with me always. The love she has for her family absolutely vibrates out of her. If you ever get the chance to meet her ask her to tell you about her wife and kids then ask her for a hug, you won’t regret it. (Although she may regret me telling everyone to hug her.) The other most amazing Casey on the Internet is the same way, her blog is one of my most favorites to read and she is one of the kindest and funniest people on Twitter. If you have mixed feelings on marriage equality— read her blog and get back to me, those three were meant to be a family.
Who are the people on the Internet who have most changed your point of view on ‘different?’