It looks like we will be doing something special this year for Valentine's weekend, though not necceassairly romantic. Though, very loving.
My great-uncle (my mom's dad's BIL) is in rapidly declining health. We've known this for awhile now that he is terminaly ill there is nothing that can be done and we've all made peace with it. We've been spending time with him, being thankful we're blessed with a little more time with him. Well, he's just had another stint in the hospital and my great-aunt called up and let us know it'd be a very good idea to make plans to come out and see him (doctor has forbidden him to travel). I was talking to Partner about when we might be able to take a trip out to see him (they live 6 hours away by car, not too bad), she could tell it was upsetting to me so she just took the bull by the horns and got us a place to stay that we can bring the dogs with us to, took the day off work and called up my mom to come a long with. So we'll be traveling to see him next weekend.
My great-uncle and I have a very...instreasting relationship
. He's in his late 70s, and he grew up in a very different world then I did. When I was younger he was prone to bigoted comments that always upset me, finally one day I called him on it. He told me "Glitter, understand, what I say, is what I've always said. Now, that doesn't make it right, you're my great-niece and I love you. At your core, I don't care that you're a gay
? I don't care if you love a man, a woman, or a goat. I care that you are happy. So I am I gonna work very hard to get over my past, because I love you. Can you love me and be patient and know I mean no harm by what I say? And remind me to clean it up?" I'm proud to say that last year, that man surprised me and Partner by showing up for gay
pride! He even joined in the parade and marched with PFLAG for a bit! Whenever someone tells me people can't change their bigoted ways I just think "Oh, I have proof that says otherwise, just give em time and love and a little kick in the pants". I find him to be one of the most facasinating people (great-aunt's pretty fantastic too) and I'm sad that it's become obvious we'll be loosing him soon. But I'm elated that I've gotten to know him better, that I've been able to change his view on the world a bit, and that my wonderful loving Partner, the woman I'll make my wife, saw what I needed without me even knowing I needed it and took care of it.
Ok, sorry to get all emotional up in here. Looks like it will be a special v-day for us this year.