This is great news. You're really coming along. You have told your inner 8-year-old that you can protect him, and he believes you and is now coming out of his shell to start the integration process with you, his adult self.

Disclosing to your parents is the big next step, and you're ready for it.

You're doing great. PM me if you want talk more.

But he grew old, this knight so bold / And upon his heart a shadow / Fell as he found no spot on the ground / That looked like El Dorado.