Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

R Family Reunion: A Straight Mom Tells Us Why She's Setting Her Sights on Another "Rosie" Cruise

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

R Family Reunion: A Straight Mom Tells Us Why She's Setting Her Sights on Another "Rosie" Cruise

Article excerpt

I'll admit it--I harbored some trepidation about setting sail with my 7-year-old son, Rex, on summer 2004's maiden voyage of R Family Vacations cause for gay and lesbian families and their straight allies. Don't get me wrong: It had nothing to do with being straight. It was cruises that I had negative stereotypical ideas about. Call me cruisephobic, but I pictured cramped staterooms, lousy food, and cranky strangers swaying together on the high seas.

I needn't have worried. In spite of a tearful goodbye to my husband, Mark, and our baby boy, Teddy; Rex and I had sheer fun from the moment we boarded the Bahamas-bound Norwegian Dawn at our home port in New York City.

We began by racing up to the ship's highest deck, where, wind in our hair and disco in our ears, we were swept up in a mass spirit of celebration. As we waved goodbye to Manhattan and Lady Liberty, I thought about my preconceptions. Cramped staterooms? Ours was gracious and comfy. Cranky strangers? Everyone seemed incredibly friendly. I looked around at the joyous sea of parents and children who had come from near and far for this floating festival of family diversity and I knew I'd maintain one preconception: Gay or straight, no two families are alike--except insofar as we all love our kids.

This was in evidence all week long. It was there in the way we crowded the vast Spinnaker Lounge one afternoon to listen to a panel of poised, articulate teens talk about growing up with gay parents. It was there in the way morns and dads exhibited endless patience as their tots slid down the waterslides of the T-Rex Kids' Pool for the 87th time. And it was there in the quiet conversations between parents and children who were experiencing something new and powerful aboard the Norwegian Dawn.

Rex and I had our own talks. I asked him if he noticed that most of the kids had two moms or two dads. …

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