Thomas Chassé

Thomas Chassé

I want to thank my mom and dad because they've been there since the beginning. My dad, who is my step dad legally, passed away last month from cancer. I want to thank him for everything he's done for me, even though I wasn't his biological son. He took me under his wing since he met me at the age of five. He showed me how to play guitar, brought me on vacations, helped me with my homework, gave me a family that I never had before, taught me how to drive and helped me buy my first car. It hurts so much that you're not here anymore. It hurts because I feel so sorry for the people who've never gotten the chance to meet the great man that you were. I was by your side until the very end and that's the least I could do after all you've done for me. I know I didn't say this enough but I love you Jean-Marc. And then there's my mom. There's no word to describe what we've been through and how strong she was and still is. Moving away a couple times was hard, but as long as we got each other's back, we were okay. When I came out to her as transgender, she was the one who made the calls, who made sure everything was in place when I started school even thought she had a lot more on her plate. I want you to know that I don't care that we don't have a lot of money like most of my friends. Who cares anyway? You taught me that love and trust are things you can't buy but you can give. Mom, I'm graduating next month and I want you to know that I love you. And going away to study doesn't mean you'll stop being the good mom that you are. I'm forever grateful that I had the chance to grow up in a home with you and my step dad and I'll never forget the memories we made together as a family. After everything that we've been through, I don't have any regrets. I learned things school couldn't teach me and I'm thankful for that. Mom, I know you'll probably never see this, but I just want you to know that we will be okay and he's watching over us, like he always did. Mom, dad, I thank you and I love you.