She Carried A Secret Around For Years. Her Adopted Son Found Out And Loved Her Even More For It.

Adopted kids have something great going for them: They are most definitely wanted and loved. As this mother proves so beautifully.

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Scott Miller: When did you and Dad decide to adopt?

Jackie Miller: We always knew from the time we first married, and we must have talked about it even before that, you know, we're very methodical people. Now, this is something you don't know. When I was 17, I got pregnant, and the light of my life is my father, but he gave me 24 hours to leave town and I gave this baby up for adoption, and said at that time that I will adopt a child when I'm able to take care of a child.

Scott Miller: Wow, I just wasn't ready for that.

Jackie Miller: I'm sure. So many times I would say, "Gosh, is this the time to tell him," but I'm 73 now, and it just seems like such a big secret.

Scott Miller: Well, I guess, speaking secrets, when I came out, I remember kinda saying to you, "Hey mom, I want to talk to you about something," and I stumbled just telling you I was gay, and the first thing out of your mouth was, "I love you, and I'm your mother."

Jackie Miller: By that time, I knew. There wasn't even any question in my mind. It's just you, and I couldn't be happier if you're happy with your life. Plus, you helped me with my hair sometimes.

Scott Miller: Yeah, it comes with its perks.

Jackie Miller: There's no downside for me.

Scott Miller: It's kinda funny, I think. Where you're concerned, I try not to be very emotional, and I worry that you'll never know just how deeply I love you, and how scary it is for me sometimes to imagine life without you.

Jackie Miller: That's something I can't make better for you, and I don't doubt it will be tough, but you'll be okay. The thing that's been wonderful, sweetheart, is that we spend a lot of time together, and we haven't missed much.

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May 29, 2014

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