The most heart-melting gesture we've seen this week comes in the form of a newspaper retraction. Not typically a touching genre of communication, we know — but this particular instance is unexpectedly creative. Since last night, a photo of a retraction in the birth announcements section of the Australian paper The Courier-Mail has been making the social media rounds. It reads: “In 1995 we announced the arrival of our sprogget, Elizabeth Anne, as a daughter. He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present our wonderful son Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room.”
This is amazing. Love it! pic.twitter.com/YaZKxbiN2n— Gary (@itstheHop) December 2, 2014
Voilà: The normally-boring newspaper retraction becomes an aww-inducing public expression of acceptance after a child apparently comes out to his parents as trans*. The parting message instructing Kai to clean his room underscores the normalcy of identifying as a gender other than the one you were assigned at birth — Kai is still a loved (apparently messy) child, who happens to be a son instead of a daughter. We're also thankful that this retraction has introduced a new term of endearment to our lexicon: "sprogget." Not sure how we ever did without it. File this one away under "things that make you feel a little bit better about the world."