Story of the Day: Religious Parents Don't Accept Gay Daughter, but Priest's Son Teaches Them a Lesson
Telling your traditional parents you don't want the life they want for you can be tough. A friend once shared a story about this with me and even though I'm not sure if it's true or fiction, I've always wondered what other people would think.
Liz (not real name) had always been the apple of her parents' eyes, but she knew it was going to be difficult to tell them some hard truths about their plans for her life. The cooking thing might not be a big deal, but she wasn't sure they'd be okay with her being gay.
"Hi, mom. Hi, dad. I have a confession to make," she said one morning. Liz's mom seemed shocked that she wasn't already at the cooking class they enrolled her in.
"Mom, I told you many times, I don't want to be a cook!" Liz retorted after her mom asked why she wasn't at the cooking class. "I want to get into university!"
When Liz's father asked George if he'd like to date their daughter, the priest's son said he had already met the love of his life
Liz's dad chimed in this time: "Daughter, I've told you many times that good Christian men don't like smart girls. Look at your mother and me! You should never surpass your husband. Otherwise, you'll never get married."
When her dad said, "Besides, a cook is a respectable profession, especially for a girl with your abilities," Liz couldn't take it anymore. She screamed:
“My abilities? I can’t believe that you don't have any faith in me. Well, guess what? I don’t need a husband! I don’t like guys, and I already have a girlfriend!”
Shocked, her father asked if Liz had no idea the significance of what her parents sacrificed to move to America. "We did all this for you, and this is how you reward us?"
Liz's mom tried to take a calmer approach. She pleaded with her daughter no to yell anymore and asked her to sit. She told Liz all this was just a confusing phase and offered to call in the priest to "cure your temporary absurdity."
Looking from one to the other, Liz declared, "I hate you both!" and walked away to her room, shutting the door immediately. Some hours later, her parents were at her door.
Liz's mom tried to coax her with her favorite tea, but when that didn't work, her dad threatened to break down the door if she did not open up.
He did not make good on his threat, but her mom continued to try the calm speech, telling Liz they only want the best for her as their only daughter. She continued:
“You haven't met even a decent man yet. How can you be sure you’re gay? Did you know that our priest has a young son? I hope you don't mind, but we invited him to have tea with us.”
When the priest's son, George, arrived, Liz came out so as not to look like a bad host. Unfortunately, she was very embarrassed when her father asked him if he knew her. When George confirmed that he knew her, her dad proceeded to pray.
"Oh, Lord, heavenly father, do you see my family?" he began. "Please, God, make my daughter an obedient Christian wife and send her a good husband! Oh, Lord, give us your strength!"
Liz could not take it anymore. "Stop it! It sounds ridiculous! You know I have no interest in men!" she yelled, not minding that her dad was at the same time asking God why he chose to punish them with a child like her.
When Liz's father asked George if he'd like to date their daughter, the priest's son said he had already met the love of his life and would be getting married soon.
"Oh! We're happy, son!" her parents chorused, even though they didn't look the part. Their faces grew even more horrified when George happily revealed: "And his name is Steven."
"Oh, my God! Does your God-loving father know about this?" Liz's dad asked. "What a shame for such a respected man in our community!"
George promptly replied, saying his father did not see it as a shame, even though some church folks said he should disown George. "But he always asked them patiently," George added. "Will God judge him for loving or judge you for hating?"
Standing and staring at Liz's parents, George finished: "Ask yourself this question, and the answer will be a key for acceptance."
"Well... We love our daughter very much, so we'll reconsider our views, won't we, darling?" Liz's mom asked her husband. "I never looked at it that way. I guess we can try," he answered, deep in thought.
Quite a shocking turn of events, isn't it? What do you think about this situation?