His grandparents found out he’s gay from a news article. So they sent him an email about it.
When Simon Crowther came out to his family, no one told his grandma and grandpa. But when the local newspaper published an article about him after he was named an LGBTQ trailblazer by a gay magazine, they found out.
So they decided to send him an email to share their feelings about it – and now the adorable response has lit up the internet.
“My 89 year old grandparents win the award for the most adorable email ever,” Crowther tweeted along with a screenshot of the email. “Feeling blessed.”
“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,” the email started. “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.”
“I can just see them by the computer deliberating over what to say,” Crowther said in a follow-up tweet. “They’re adorable.”
It isn’t the first time Crowther, a civil engineer in the UK, has been honored for his work. He was recognized by Forbes for their “30 under 30” list in 2018. He owns his own company and specializes in flood control.
My 89 year old grandparents win the award for most adorable email ever
Feeling blessed pic.twitter.com/aM6yNPIuTk
– Simon Crowther (@SCcrowther) January 12, 2022
I remember the day my family was talking about same sex relationships I hadn’t yet told my grandparents that I was bi and my grandfather just said “you can’t choose who you love”. And I knew that when I told them I would be loved no matter what.
– Ruby Hearn she/her/hers (@ruby_hearn) January 13, 2022
Both of my parents thankfully have been incredibly open-minded. My mom passed away recently, but even at 88, my dad recently observed “You know, I didn’t always understand exactly how bad things have been for others, but things definitely need to change!”
– Nancy L is NOT a bot (@DaWezl) January 13, 2022