When I got home today, I noticed a large jewelry box on the kitchen table. Opening it, I realized it held the Eagle Scout patch, bolo tie and insignia Sonny received at his Eagle Court of Honor. I then noticed his high school diploma. He looked at me and said "she took them off the mantel where we had them." That's all he had to say. The look on his face told me everything. I had no words.
The Eagle Scout rank Sonny earned is his proudest achievement. Taking his patch and insignia down was a loud and clear message, one a son should never hear from his mother. Since he announced to her (and, subsequently, the world) that he is gay, she's been treating him differently, acting like he's no longer her son. It has resulted in him moving in with Jen and me. He's hurt more deeply than he can express, and that hurts us.
I think we're going to take his keepsakes and have them framed, then hang them in a prominent place in the house. He earned it, and I'm proud of him.