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Floyd and Beverly Ledbetter - Billy's parents - Sing With Me If It's Just For Today...
If I should fall behind, Guyster, wait for me.
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Floyd and Beverly Ledbetter - Billy's parents
Dear Floyd and Beverly,

I want to thank you for raising an amazing man. You nurtured him to believe life was filled with limitless possibility and wonder, and you gave him a purity of spirit I have never seen before. You taught him the meaning of giving rather than taking. You instilled in him a love of nature and animals. You brought forth a man who was smart, funny and humble. You were extraordinary parents and I am forever in your debt.

I didn't tattoo the name LEDBETTER across my back for nothing. I did it because I was proud to be part of your family, proud of having Billy as my mate for so many years, and I had always wished you were my real parents. Billy loved you both so much. While I miss him every second of every day, I know he is happily reunited with you. I will meet you both when I come home. And I will also be back with my Guyster.

Love, the son you didn't even know you had, Terry.

Current Mood: melancholy melancholy
Current Music: a distant plane flying overhead

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guysterrules From: guysterrules Date: March 2nd, 2003 11:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Honestly, drood, I would have never written that letter if not for the circumstance. I hope you never find yourself or the Mont in a position to write a similar letter. It is born from sadness and loss. But thank you for the sentiment.

It occurred to me in the last month or so what an incredible debt I owe these two people. I never got to meet Billy's dad, Floyd, who passed away shortly before we moved to NYC in 1993. When Billy and I drove across country to move back to LA, I met his mom, Beverly, and I saw immediately where he got his humor and compassion. Billy was so close to both of them which I found enviably wonderful. Being a sleep-talker, Billy would sometimes have conversations with his mom or dad. I would gently try to speak back and find out what was happening in his dreams but my voice usually interrupted the dream flow.

I know how much he loved and missed his parents, and it brings solace to me in my belief he is reunited with them and happily so.
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