A man's grandparents are getting the "award for most adorable email ever" after they learned via newspaper their grandson was gay.
British 28-year-old Simon Crowther is a civil engineer specializing in water and flooding. He founded his own company called Flood Protection Solutions which was previously featured in a 2018 issue of Forbes Under 30.
Just recently, the UK based gay magazine Attitude featured Crowther's business and named him as a rising LGBTQ+ engineer in the field.
When Attitude named him as a trailblazer, the Nottingham Evening Post Magazine picked up the story where Crowther revealed he came out to his family as gay at age 21. Well, apparently his grandparents had not been told.
At some point, Crowther's grandparents heard about the article and decided to send him an email.
Crowther posted a screenshot to Twitter and it went viral.
In the email, his 89-year-old grandparents wrote:
“Hello Simon, We learned from John R when he came round with Grandpa’s birthday present, that there was an excellent article recently, about you and how you built your business, in a Nottingham Evening Post Magazine."
“Apparently, you reported that you had ‘Come Out’ as being gay to your family when you were 21."
"Obviously, it was decided to keep it from us for if it upset us. Don’t worry, we are not upset."
“In fact, I had already worked it out for myself (Gran), but Grandpa didn’t know.
"Don’t worry. You are still the same Simon to us this news alters nothing."
"We want you to know that you are still our grandson and we love you just the same."
“We have not mentioned this to Mum or Jenny, so this message will be as big a surprise to them when you tell them, as it will be to you."
"I am so glad we now know. Enjoy your life."
“You are making a pretty good job of it up to now."
"And…..we would still love to see the article mentioned above."
"Can you e-mail it to us?"
"With all our love and support, Gran and Grandpa.”
The reaction was overwhelmingly positive about the email to which Crowther replied with a few photos of "Jill and Bill."
Most people came to the conclusion we shouldn't underestimate our elders.
They might understand more than we think.