As the boy began to tear up, Leehan told Gage, "Don't cry," before he rushed into her arms, sobbing.
"I know that you and I will butt heads – except for right now," she continued, her voice breaking as Newville comforted his son. "But I hope, with all my heart, that as you become a grown man, you will understand my methods and realize I've only done what is best for you and that I love you."
She added: "The last thing that I hope you learn is that you are a very special boy. You are so extremely smart, handsome and kind to others. You have helped make me into the woman I am today, and I may not have given you the gift of life, but life surely gave me the gift of you."