Stellar parenting moment of the day:This afternoon I was at my waitressing job on a beautiful early fall afternoon....

Posted by Liv Hnilicka on Sunday, September 20, 2015


When I was in high school, I knew her as "Steve." Yesterday, I found out that Steve is now "Liv." And I love her story.

As parents, we know that there are certain "conversations" we'll have to have with our kids.The talk about the birds and the bees, explaining death, etc. Personally, I don't think about many of those things until the situation arises. But after reading this, I know exactly how to handle this situation when it presents itself with our son. What makes it even better is that I went to high school with the person who taught me how to handle it!

I knew Steve through theater and band. I always just assumed that he was gay, but it was none of my business to ask. The only reason I wanted to know was to save myself the embarrassment of asking him to homecoming, which I never did. He was one of the nicest, most fun people to be around. He was a year younger than me, and we never reconnected after we all went to college. Yesterday, I saw this posted in Cosmopolitan and I thought, "Wow. That looks like Steve Hnilicka!"

But it wasn't. Her name is Liv,  and she's a waitress in Minnesota. And I love that she not only handled this perfectly, but posted it for all of us to share. I also love how the parents handled this.

I'm proud to say that I know such a brave, kind person.

And that, my friends, is definitely what I would call "The Good News."