October 01, 2015

The Leading Edge

Laurie Ristino

Small-Town Boy

 

This past summer, in what should have been the season’s languorous days, a classmate of my thirteen-year-old son spread a rumor that my son is gay. Whispered words, lack of eye contact, and the like seemed to lurk in the inevitable run-ins downtown, the community pool, the local pizza hang-out. My smart, sensitive boy was consumed by this labeling (from a kid who was once a friend, no less) and with the apparent shadow it cast.

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