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Goldy's Gift - Love & Acceptance

Monday, April 22, 2013

I've only blogged once or twice a month since December. Why do I feel guilty about this sometimes? There's more of my life in last summer's blogs than any friend or family member realizes. I took a big risk in being so public so quickly with what I share here on SparkPeople - but that's how I roll.... My blogs are so important to me because it is here in your comments, support and friendship that I have how I learned to love, care for and accept myself for the first time in three decades.

My dear friend "Goldy" - called me early last week to tell me he found the cologne that he introduced me to in college... and that he was mailing me a large bottle because he knew how much I enjoyed it too. It arrived last Friday and I have worn it every day since... Just starting these last few days with a "shpritz" on the back of my neck and wrists - reminds me of just how much of an impact he's had on my life.

You see, Goldy knew and accepted my being gay a decade before I came out to anyone. My knowing he was straight didn't stop me from falling in love with him back then. Some 30 years later, I still feel such freedom, peace, joy and laughter when we speak or get together. Maybe that's why my heart still skips a beat when I see his smile. If you have someone like Goldy in your life - you know what this feels like...

Be beautiful, loved and blessed in each day of God's gift of "today." Your friend- "Sprink"
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  • X5X52000
    1831 days ago
    emoticon U r a strong man !! Keep on spreading your spark!

    1847 days ago
    Sprink, what is the name of the cologne. I love some of those old scents too. Had a wonderful evening Sunday night with my son, his family and their gay neighbors. One of the men is from Belgium and their adopted son is from Thailand. They are a refreshing joy to be around. It is so good they found love and acceptance within their family and neighborhood. I know it cannot have been easy for them forty years ago. I hope that you feel that easy grace they have found too.
    1848 days ago
    Thank you. Blessings to you as well.
    1853 days ago
    So glad to see you back. I was beginning to worry about you! Everyone needs a "Goldy"~ you are so right.
    1855 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    That was a very special gift from Goldy!
    I do have a Goldy in my life, and cherish that friendship every day!
    1855 days ago
  • PATTYR81
    Hi Sprink~
    Seeing your name scrolling on my screen always makes me smile emoticon in anticipation of what interesting thoughts/goings on are happening with you.

    Your bravery and willingness to share and be open inspired me to open up about my life too. I spent my whole life building my 'facade' to the world. I'm working on sharing the 'real' me.

    Sharing is healing! emoticon

    People like Goldy are few and far between. It's wonderful that you have a friend like him!

    Happy Day!
    1855 days ago
    Hi Sprink,
    So glad you blogged! I hope you enjoy your cologne! I look forward to skyping with you sometime soon. Glad you had your other knee done. Sounds like you are doing well! Keep up the good work! Angie
    1855 days ago
    Hallo Sprink, Happy to see that you are blogging again. I wish you a wonderful day. Enjoy that cologne. Bless you.
    1855 days ago
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