I have always believed that the most important relationship we have is with our parents - they validate us, they make us feel safe, and give us the extraordinary gift of believing in us and that we can "do". I am the mother of 3 grown sons, one of whom is gay, and I have always strived to make them feel wanted and loved and that they belong. Relationships are complex and can be difficult, but it's always important to know that no matter what, we matter to someone. Parents give us that safe haven - sadly not always true for everyone - but instinctively there for most. I volunteer every Friday evening as a street outreach worker and see loneliness in street youth, the homeless and addicts that hunger for human caring and are so grateful for just a kind word, some food and clothing. It makes me weep that society doesn't count everyone as important enough to matter. Thank you for your humanity and compassion - the world is a better place when people like you are in it.