Just not sure what to say but here it goes!
I’m leaning toward beginning my trek and finding myself homeless at the same time. My former fiancee (now roommate) thinks that I no longer feel the same way I did when I met her 13 years ago, which isn’t true. I love her. She’s been a survivor of Stage 4 Breast Cancer, a smudge of bone cancer on her T7 vertebrae, an enlarged polyp just inside her rectum (that the surgeon lied about completely removing >_<) and just had some moles removed to check for melanoma. She’s one hell of a fighter and I commend her for it.
I want to be there for her for the rest of her life, however long that may be, but as soon as I begin my transition from ‘the man she fell in love with’ to the female I know I should have been, she’ll shut me out and never let me in. I’m torn, but ultimately she wants me happy, and I want her happy.
I have a strange friend who lives with his mother. She and he are pretty compatible, but he can be really strange… He works as a security guard and prefers night shift work and overnights, but that leaves him zero time for social calls and other such fun. I want to get back into my goth mode, like I had in high school, but with a little different style for me… LOL I will not invite him because he’s really indifferent about what I’m doing… Not really where a friend should be, but he’s a decent enough friend to assist me with my computer work.
I have another friend who is more sensitive to my needs and dreams, and he’s a great guy. He’s bi and he’s been a really good friend through it all so far. His mom is also a friend of mine and understands my point of view; she has a gay brother and he’s pretty cool (so is his partner). I can’t stay there for long, and can’t store my stuff there either… It kind of bites, that, but I can completely understand. She doesn’t want to be responsible for my stuff turning up damaged or missing. That’s something we can both live with!
Two of my three sisters know of my plans. B and T and pretty cool about it all. I can’t stay with B because there’s no extra room. T lives in a travel trailer, and there’s no room for me and my things, but she’s moving to Wisconsin soon. She said that if all happens where I have to go, I can stay with her in Wisconsin and make my journey happen. I’d love to, but I want to make sure I can get SSD (for my mental illness) and Medicaid to help me with any other expenses like meds, hormones, and serum testing. It’s something that’s been puzzling me now for a while… [I have Type II Diabetes and I have to monitor it to keep it in the proper range.]
My third sister, C, is not on board because I have yet to tell her. Her youngest daughter, Syl, lives in Oregon. She just got married to a nice young man. C and her husband Ty never went to be there. C just up and decided that she and Ty couldn’t go because of Ty’s back problems; he never knew and was very angry when C told him. That’s his baby girl! You don’t put yourself, and your feelings, before something as wonderful and beautiful as your youngest getting married! Never! I would have divorced C if I was Ty, but that’s not going to make the fact I missed out on Syl’s wedding any easier…
I have told Syl, and Jess (T’s oldest). They’re on board. They think it’s wonderful that I’ve finally found myself. “… in whatever form you choose … [we] will always love you.” My other niece, Bon, is C’s oldest from another encounter when I was quite small, and she’s only a few years younger than me… I told her and she was happy I finally found where I needed to be with my life. She want to see me, too. Bon’s the niece that T’s going to visit once she’s in Wisconsin, then onto getting her own place. (And if all goes well enough for me to get there, I’ll be there too.)
I do have another out-of-state option. I met another M2F transgender in Iowa through a transgender dating site. She’s wonderful. Mi and I are just like two beautiful butterflies in a field of wildflowers, fluttering back and forth in the breeze, from flower to flower… She and I have a lot in common and we really get along well. She reminds me of another gal pal I have, looks and all, but a bit older than she is. Feli is that friend Mi reminds me of. (I don’t associate with Feli much anymore, our circles no longer coincide and she’s been keeping to herself. Mostly.) Mi has been working on her house for her mother, remodeling it, but I’m not privy to the exact nature of the modifications… It’s not my decision anyway, and I completely understand about those things. We’ve talked at length about what makes us who we are, our differences, and our lives together. I know that there’s hints and mentions of marriage here and there; how we truly feel about each other, but marriage is something I will consider once we’ve been together for quite some time and living under the same roof. I feel I want to carry this on slowly. I do love my Mi, and she me, but we need to acclimate to each other… I think we’ll both come around and be inseparable together.
Then there’s Ria. She’s a friend of mine who has been with my strange friend and nearly married to him. She parted from him because of his hang-up with being in his mother’s house. She never really understood why he kept putting off getting into the military, but he told me he has ‘testing anxiety’. I got over that at an early age! I just made sure I completed any test as quickly and as correctly as I could, and knowing the answers to the questions at hand was always a winning combination!
I just hated when some of my teachers decided to take it upon themselves to claim I was cheating, lambaste me before the class, send me to the principal’s office and call my dad. My dad was someone that was NOT to be messed with, not even through his son! I went home and told my dad about this one teacher who humiliated me in front of the class. He took me to school the next day, and went to the principal’s office. He told me to wait in the outer office. He went right in and started talking to the principal. She was a little scary, but she was wonderful!
I was told to go to class like it was a normal day. They’d be coming in time for my math class and observe from the hallway. (We had large windows that faced into the hallway for every class in the old building. They were just out of sight and looking in… I never really knew they were there until Mrs. Pomeraning started in on me again!) They walked up, and Mrs. Behm (the principal) asked the rest of the class to wait out in the hall. They all left but me, Mrs. Behm, Dad and Mrs. P. Mrs. Behm demanded I take another test. It was a mathematics times table quiz. She had several pre-made and handed me another one.
Mrs. Behm told me to complete it as fast as I could. She held a stopwatch and said “Go!” I started. It took me all of about a minute and 10 seconds to finish the page of 30 problems. As soon as I set my pencil down, Mrs. Behm said she was astonished how quickly I did. My dad knew and was also impressed. Mrs. P. insisted I had cheated. Mrs. Behm asked me to empty out my pockets and empty my desk. I did and there was nothing to be found. Not even any writing on my hands! My father got a formal apology from Mrs. P., Mrs. Behm and the school board. I was told I did not have to take these tests, but if “… this young man wants to, let him …” Mrs. Behm was fair and just. She made me feel so much better because of this humiliation I suffered was now put to rest. I was only 7; this was 2nd Grade! Mrs. P. had a problem with me and I never knew… Guess I never will…
I want this to be as seamless as possible, but I know this will not be. I’d rather spend my time blogging, writing and coding my next video game masterpiece than fighting with a societal norm that’s anything but! If more children were NOT lumped into society’s binary gender caste, and allowed to choose their own destiny and gender role, we’d have more children who would not be haters, bigots and supremacists, IMHO. If little Mikey wants to be a girl, let him. If little Sarah wants to be a boy, let her. It’s all about not making choices for them, but for them to make the choices!
That maths fiasco I endured was just one of many things that know-it-alls tend to do: distort the truth to fit their own needs. I’m not that way and never want to be that way. I know I know not everything, but I want to learn those things I feel fulfill my curiosity and need for knowledge. I know I know not all that happens in the world, but I know I can learn that which I choose to learn. If teachers take into account that they’re students learn at their own paces, are interested in many different things, and can teach to those students’ strengths, then those teachers have truly accomplished something: learning children! An open mind is a learning mind; a closed mind is a belligerent, rebellious mind! It all starts at home!
Where was I?! ROFL
Anyway, I know there’s a bunch of things that need to be taken care of too. I am willing to do what I need to do to make that change and turn the corner… I change of scenery may be exactly what the doctor (or endocrinologist) orders, but I’m up to that challenge. I just have to find the right location where I can ultimately feel safe and not intruded upon, and yet feel that I could be expressive and work it all out.
Let’s all be a little more knowledgeable out there. A little safer. A little more personable to those whom you don’t quite understand, but are willing to assist. That’s where it all starts: One Good Deed! Let it Begin!
Hugs & Kisses,