My wife, my husband

imagesThis has happened to me a few times and I have overheard it a few times.

I was getting off the plane from Los Angeles this week and listened to the two women next to me talk as we exited the plane.  They were not traveling together.  One was in her mid-late 60s and the other was in her 40’s.  They discovered that they were both connecting flights through JFK to Italy.  One was going to Milan, first time, and other parts of Italy.  The older woman was taking her annual pilgrimage to Florence where she has family.  The older woman was incredibly engaging about this woman’s first time to Italy.  Then she said we go once a year for 3-4 weeks but unfortunately my wife couldn’t make it this year so I am going solo to see the family.

I looked up at this woman, who as I said is probably in her late 60’s, and she seemed so happy and comfortable in her skin.  I have heard this many times from women who mention their wives or men who mention their husbands.  I always think, as I did standing next to these women, how great it is for this woman to be completely out of the closet and comfortable talking to a random person about her wife.  Years ago many people would have been uncomfortable with a comment like that coming from a gay person but today it is accepted.  It is a law.

Considering what a shit show this election is something like this really does make me continue to have faith in this country.  We have our issues but we always seem to move forward in the right direction.  Change always wins.