The boy just wanted to have fun at a sleepover with his BFFs.
Sleepovers are one of those fond childhood memories that most of us love and cherish. Talking late into the night, wrapped in cozy blankets, discussing your crushes, sharing recent favorites in music, movies, and TV series, munching on snacks, spilling deep, dark secrets, home spa, manicures, and makeover sessions...the list is endless. These sleepovers often seal budding bonds into lifelong friendships. A sweet young boy, too, yearned to be part of one such night, according to HuffPost UK.
Mason Brian Barclay wanted to be a part of a sleepover at his new BFF, Houston Shelton's, house. However, Houston's parents had a strict no opposite-sex rule, which meant that only girls were invited. Which you'd think would put an end to the matter right there. But the courageous boy decided to talk to Houston's mom about it. He wrote a text message to Houston's mom directly to convince her that she could make an exception for him.
He wrote, "Hey, Mrs. Shelton! This is Mason Brian Barclay, I am one of Houston's new best friends. If she had people over on Friday, would I, a very homosexual male, be able to take part in the sleepover?" Continuing, he said, "I think the common meaning behind only allowing the same sex to share sleepovers is due to the typical interest in the opposite sex when in this case, I do not like the opposite sex."
"Thank you for your time and consideration, have a great night. Amen," he said, concluding his message. The boy was just trying to tell his best friend's mom that all he wanted to do was spend some time with his friends and have fun, and stereotypical gender roles shouldn't deter him. This brave maneuver of his could have gone either way, but turns out Mrs. Shelton was a lot more progressive and funnier than expected.
"Hmm. Well, my husband is hot. Should I worry?" she responded. Imagine getting that text from a friend's mom, who you've just come out to.
Mason was so overjoyed with the response that he took a screenshot and put it on Twitter. The tweet garnered 2.8K likes and 962 retweets within hours.
I TEXTED HOUSTONS MOM TO ASK IF I CAN STAY THE NIGHT FRIDAY HAHAHAHAHA pic.twitter.com/Ovr74V869W— that is MAY (@maymaybarclay) September 18, 2017
When Mason later spoke to HuffPost, he confirmed that he did get to attend the sleepover. “We had a great time, we ordered pizza and watched my favourite show The Simple Life - I’m a huge Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie fan,” he said. “Meeting her mum for the first time since the post blew up was really cool and funny.”
Tackling the conversation of gender diversity as a parent without alienating any child is the need of the hour. Kim Cavill, sex educator and host of a kid-friendly podcast called Six Minute Sex Ed, addressed this in Parents.
She suggests parents should "ask 'What kinds of privacy do you think you're entitled to when you have people sleep over?'" And adds, "This is a good way to invite tweens and teens into conversations about rules, which increases the likelihood of their cooperation and decreases their defensiveness."
Hannah Parke, the Camp Director at YWCA Vermont Camp Hochelaga, says, "Making guidelines or household policies universal helps avoid any feelings that these rules are attached to identity or orientation," Parke says. "It keeps them centered on safety and the reason why everyone is over for a sleepover: to build friendships and have fun."