Katie Mathewson had never told her grandparents that she was gay, but when she recently got engaged to her girlfriend, MacKenzie Hill, she decided it was time to let her know.
Mathewson sent her grandparents in Monterey, California, a letter announcing her engagement, but knew it would be met with disappointment.
Mathewson posted the letter from her grandmother to Imgur, hoping to inspire anyone hesitant to come out to their grandparents:
I came out to my grandparents a couple weeks ago and was wholly convinced that they couldn’t accept it. Not just because of their age or their lifestyle, but because, over the years, I’ve listened quietly and sadly as they talked about people who were different from them. I accepted the sad reality that that they’d never know the real me. But when I got engaged to my perfect and beautiful girlfriend, I felt like I had to tell them (regardless of the outcome).
Today, I came home to this letter in the mail. My grandmother is Korean and English isn’t her first language, but all I needed to see was “what matters is your happiness with MacKenzie for the rest of your life … No matter what may come, we still love you very much.” It’s not perfect or poetic, but it’s genuine and it’s love and it surprised me in the best way possible.
It’s a little difficult to read the letter. So here it is:
Thank you for sharing your happy news with us Katie. The most important matters is your happiness with MacKenzie for the rest of your life.
The rest of the world will follow the ideas as the time moves on, and that is their problems! Just be understanding for those who don’t.
I have been looking for an engagement card just right for you and was not successful. Sorry.
Your grandfather and I are getting older each day – moods change as the aches and pains occurs and yet some days we feel energetic and ready to do anything so we will see by that time, August 28, 2016 it’s still long time yet.
We send our congratulations and blessing for your health and happiness and most of all no matter what may come – We still love you very much!
Love from us!