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  • This is a true story told to me by a very dear friend.My only wish was that I could ever had love like this in my own life.There is always time I suppose??.I have given the characters names ,as it must be to protect their privacy,but it is a story waiting to be told.

    John was a serious ,bright young 20 year old when he mat his soon to be wife.He had a good job and his prospects were excellent,as was his school record.She was the same age and they were a nice ordinary couple setting out in life.

    They had everything in life,a nice home and four lovely children (three girls and a younger boy) .His job prospects could not have looked better.But,then at a young age of 29,disaster struck.His lovely wife was discovered to have Cancer,too late to stop its spread.She passed on leaving him alone with four very young children,the youngest ,a boy,of just eighteen months.

    This was not to be the end he vowed,he would bring up his children,be involved in every moment of their lives.To give them as good a start in life as they would have had,as his late wife would have wanted.

    He struggled,dividing his time between work,housekeeping and the children,always making time for the children.Like all people suffering such a loss so early in his life,it was difficult to cope.Like so many ,he made mistakes,but none that affected the children,they were his life,his reason not to give in.

    Then ,another Bombshell in his life occurred,he met Simon.There was no intention in either of them.Their eyes met,turned away but locked again,both knew a magical moment.John was bewildered,here he was four young children to bring up on his own and his eyes locked on with a young man,fractionally it appeared older than himself.A very handsome slim well presented young man.Should he turn and run,against his nature,he had always met life head on and was unwilling to turn away without an answer.

    So John and Simon met.They had a deep discussion,both agreed the children had to be number one but first they both needed space.John approached his parents and in laws.His parents accepted the facts ,not readily but he was their son and if he was happy then go ahead.The in laws were not so accepting and wanted the children,but John,stolidly told them 'No' I will be bringing up my children.There was no more arguing,but the hardest was yet to come,he had to tell his children,he was determined at all costs to be truthful,they were his children and deserved the truth.

    He got the three girls,the son was still far too young,and told them that he and Simon were in love and wanted to live together and to bring them up.They seemed to accept it and they went together to meet Simon.Simon was an instant hit,nothing could have been better,they loved him and he them.John and Simon,both with good jobs,bought a large five bedroom Bungalow.They did each bedroom to suit each of the four children and the fifth for themselves.

    The partnership flourished,each of the girls did well both in school and in their relationships.John became a well known government official,Simon still had a good job.They,as a family were well respected by all they came into contact with.Their private lives remained as such,private,never impinging on their public duties.There were times,when the children listened more to to Simon than their father,they had respect for them both.On one occasion,when John was seeking re-election ,rumours were spread to the voters about John and Simon living together.Such was the respect of the people that John was returned to his position with an even bigger vote than previous.

    Eventually,the children all left home,getting married and starting families.The son was quite a problem at this stage but accepted nothing from any of the family and became a loner constantly in trouble,often having to be bailed out by his father.For this he gave no thanks,he accepted his father and Simon much less than his elder sisters.

    Once all was settled,John accepted a position abroad and Simon moved with him.Life was good,they lived happily together and there was constant contact with the family.It seemed so natural and everyone they came in contact with sensed their love for one another.So it should have been,just two very ordinary guys living together,nothing different than any other men.Only when alone together ,then they made love,NO,not had sex,MADE LOVE.Anyone who has been in love will tell you thee is a huge difference between love and sex.Their love life never intruded on anyone else and always the door was open to friends and family.Never,once did the private lives of John and Simon interfere with their family or friends.

    As with all good love stories there is always an ending,Simon was diagnosed with Cancer and given weeks to live.Immediately abandoning their lifestyle ,John spent all his time attending to Simon,who had to have everything done for him.It must have been heart rending for them both,thirty four years had gone by together...not a moment apart and having successfully brought up four children.More happiness in that time than most families have.

    Simon passed away ,but a day before he did he asked John to marry him,they had one day of married life until Simon uncomplaining slipped away ,away from pain.John came home and brought Simon back for burial.This was possibly the hardest time of his life,the children were now there for their father,he had always put them first now they were there to help him.John is a very proud man and he has every right to be.Despite the setbacks in his life,he has come out,not unscathed,but having done his duty.

    John is a very ordinary man,a proud man...he just happened to be Gay.

    Me,I am proud to know him.
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