And did they ever try to contact you years later? I've never been, but a buddy of mine was and I just came back from visiting him and he told me the whole sad story.
He was basically kicked out by his super religious parents when they found out he was gay, so he packed his stuff and never looked back. He's held a grudge against them ever since. It hasn't hindered his ability to go forward in life, he went college, got a good paying job, met a man who he is still with to this very day. Life has been good for him, but he's really bitter if anyone dared say the 'm' or 'd' words (mom and dad) to him. Recently his parents found him and tried to make 'amends' with him. They still aren't crazy about his 'lifestyle choice' (their words apparently, not mine) but they said they miss not having their only child around to talk to. He basically told them that was their own fault and now they'd have to live with out him in their lives, because he doesn't want them in his life if they could turn their backs on him so easily.
I see his POV but...they did come all this way to make amends with him. Usually when someone gives me a sincere apology I'm good at forgiving them, but then I was never hurt as badly as he was so I guess I wouldn't understand? Anyone here ever been in this same situation where your parents kicked you out and then came crawling back begging for forgiveness? If so, do you think my friend has made the right decision to just shun them from his life?