Even though I suffered at school, I did speak and express myself with ease at home and with the kids in the neighborhood. Therefore, I found it disconcerting how my behaviors were shaped by the social setting I found myself in: talkative at home and mute in school.
I replaced my traditional Catholic school uniform with a shirt that read: "Some dudes marry dudes. Get over it." Once I arrived at school, I immediately noticed the stares and heard not-so-subtle whispers from passers-by.
I want my daughter to be "normal" much more than I ever thought. You would think that coming from a family of shy people would make me more patient. In fact, it's just the opposite since I know what's at stake.