For once Eric got exactly what he wanted for his birthday!!!!
I informed all my real world friends and family (note: this does not include the slugs) of my wishes that they not buy me things for my birthday. If they felt they wanted to give me something they should make a donation to Waltham House.
Waltham House is a group home program designed to provide a safe and supportive living environment for up to 12 gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) youth ages 14-18. The program also serves youth who may be questioning (Q) their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Many young people have previously experienced difficulty due to their gender or sexuality identities. Waltham House offers residents a safe place to live while they prepare for family reunification, independent living, and future self-sufficiency.
Waltham House is located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The program offers 24-hour staffing, and is housed in a large, comfortable, federal-style home with an expansive tree-lined back yard in a suburban neighborhood. Currently, the program serves GLBTQ youth who are in need of a safe and nurturing environment in order to reintegrate back into a community and/or family setting.
Waltham House is the first residential group home designed specifically for GLBTQ youth in New England, and is only the fourth program of its kind in the nation.
I very happy to report that everyone listened to me and understood why I felt this would be the greatest gift I could ever receive.
I am a very happy and lucky man.