Gift giving never fails to be an interesting experience. You hope and pray that the present you’ve taken time to carefully select (or you’ve more likely grabbed at the last minute) is exactly what the recipient will like.
As a parent, shopping for your kids must be the easiest purchase of all. They write you a list entailing exactly what they hope Santa, or you, will leave under the tree for them. At least, this was the case for one college student in Ohio who asked her parents for a pride flag for Christmas this year.
20-year-old Dakotah Whitcomb is bisexual and “accidentally” came out to her dad earlier this year.
How does one “accidentally” come out you may be wondering. In the most adorable way possible, that’s how.
“We were in a restaurant and the waitress was flirting with me, and my dad goes ‘Wow, she likes you!’” Whitcomb told BuzzFeed News.
“And my brother says, ‘Well, it’s not like Dakotah minds.’” “My dad just gave me this look, and I said, ‘Yeah, I like girls too.’ And he said, ‘That’s so cool!’”
What a badass. The world could use a lesson from Dakotah’s dad.
For Christmas, Dakotah asked for a pride flag and her father’s response was the best gift of all.
When Dakotah told her parents that what she really wanted for Christmas this year was a pride flag, she didn’t expect to receive one.
“I just assumed I probably wasn’t going to get one because it was so last minute,” she told BuzzFeed News.
Little did she know, her father had a surprise waiting for her.
“It was the last present I opened,” Whitcomb said. “I said, ‘Is this a flag?’ and then my dad said, ‘There’s a note, too.’”
The note read:
Merry Christmas Dakotah,
When I saw that a Gay Pride flag was on your list, at first I thought it was an odd request. But after thinking about, I think I know why.
I reckon that you feel that everyone else in the family, except grandma, has a flag that represents something we were/are a part of. I have the Marine Corps, grandpa & mom have the Navy, and Darr has the Army. So it makes sense that you would want a flag to represent something you are a part of.
I present you with this flag, to display how you would like. In the spring, when I hang the flags up, I would be proud to hang yours up.
We’re not crying, okay maybe a little…
“Military has always been part of my family and I can’t join because of medical issues,” Whitcomb explained. “So the fact that my dad would fly my pride flag next to everyone’s military flag just made me feel even more loved and included!”