I’m glad you told me what you told me although it still hurts. It hurts because I had other plans for you and your life. It hurts because I can’t protect you. It hurts because I have to look at every thing that’s happened over the years in a different light. It hurts because now I know you’ve been struggling alone and I am so sorry you had to figure things out by yourself. I wish I could have helped you with this before now. I wish you had not had to go through this alone. Now you have accepted yourself and moved forward–for this I am grateful. Now I will hold you in my heart more than ever. I have so many questions that I won’t ask because I don’t want to make this any harder for you than it’s already been. When I realize you’ve been hurting I hurt for you. I hurt for your past, your present and your future. I hurt for what is, what was, what will be and what might have been. I hurt because I worry. I worry about your health, your safety, your future. I want life to be good to you and I want nothing but wonderful people in your world. I never want you to be a target of meanness of any kind. There is nothing that hurts me more than for someone I love to hurt or be hurt. There is no more desolate feeling than being helpless to help someone I care about so much. I want nothing but the best for you and whatever I can do to ease your way I will do it. I will always put your wellbeing above my own. As long as my heart beats it will be full of nothing but love and respect for you. I am so proud of you for who you are and the fine person you’ve become. I’ve always known what a great person you are. Now I know what a strong person you are.