So excited to share my Uncle Kent’s story – it is vulnerable, authentic, and full of love!
From an Uncle’s perspective……
Aaron’s dad is my only sibling, and Aaron is the first-born child, grandchild and nephew on both sides of the family. As you can appreciate, Aaron is the light, the love, the soul and the inspiration to everyone in our family.
As the first born, Aaron’s birth on October 17th was one of the most anticipated days of my life, as it was with every member of our family. Long before cell phones and use of personal emails, I still recall the updates by landline telephone, with updatesbeing share with one individual and then the information beingcascaded down throughout the family. Aaron’s arrival was nothing less than precious and memorable event and for everyone who knows Aaron, the entire month of October is dedicated as Aaron’s Birthday month. Nothing has changed. I am also blessed with the privilege of being Aaron’s Godfather, this is an honor bestowed upon me that only I can cherish and hold dear to my heart.
Many of the details from October 17th have now faded, but I remember as if it was yesterday when my brother and sister-in-law told me they named their first born “Aaron”. It was in the same breath they said the name Aaron means, “A Gift from God”. To this very day, every time I hear Aaron’s name mentioned, the “Gift from God” reference sweeps through my head.
Of everyone in our family and extended family, I believe Aaron and I have much more in common than anyone realizes or thought much about. Aaron and I both have characteristics that don’t quite fit into society, and it is Aaron, and only Aaron, who has taught me to be a better person and to accept life as it is God’s plan. Aaron has taught me to be confident in my own skin and to not let the whispers, the comments, and the looks from others determine my happiness or well-being. I am a gay man and have always thought I was the square peg trying to fit into a round hole, it’s never been easy being gay and at times, it’s been extremely difficult and painful. But it is Aaron who has taught me to rise above the behaviors of others and be true to myself and cherish life and the love of others who care unconditionally. Aaron loves everyone unconditionally and expects nothing in return. Aaron embraces each day, every event, and each milestone with an infectious smile and a contagious level of enthusiasm! Aaron has taught me to notfocus on things that I cannot change but to embrace and cherish the many blessings in my life. Aaron’s wisdom, unconditional love and zest for life is something many of us may take for granted, but it is a lesson we should strive for each and everyday.
Aaron is a very special young man and the lessons I’ve learned from him can never be taught in a school or through a book. Our parents have taught us to love and accept everyone’s differences but when you’re the different one, those lessons take on a whole different meaning. Aaron’s unconditional love for me and my husband come from his heart and from his love of family, and it is something that will always be cherished. As you know, when I hear Aaron’s name, I always remember he’s “A Gift from God”. Aaron is a blessing and my life is a better place for being his Uncle.
Thank you Uncle Kent for sharing your heart with us.
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