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Nov. 22, 2012

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving! I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in 5 days; there’s no excuse.

We’re in Florida visiting Mara’s parents. She was really concerned how this would turn out, and it actually has been pretty smooth. Yes, her parents are going through some adjustments. Her mom calls her,  and refers to her, as Mara but uses the pronouns “he” and “his.” Mara’s father has not used her new legal name or female pronouns since we got here. Once, when he and I were alone, he said, almost apologetically, that he hopes we don’t mind; he just can’t use those terms yet. I told him it’s perfectly OK; I know it will take time to adjust. Hell, they knew her as a guy for 57 years. Of course it will take time! But we appreciate that they are trying. They even took us 2 girls to dinner on Tuesday night. We thought it might be hard for them to be with us in public. But they witnessed that everyone, including the wait staff at the restaurant, had no idea that Mara is a trans woman. They just assumed that she was cis woman (a woman born in a woman’s body).

Mara and I also did some shopping while here. Mara needs to build up her wardrobe for when she returns to work in January after she recovers from her surgery. They have a great mall here; it has everything for just about every budget. We hit some of the sales and also went to Nordstrom Rack and found some items. I bought a few things for myself, as well. She wore me out! She is a marathon shopper. But as CFO of our household, I knew when to put the brakes on the spending, based on our budget. So we made it through unscathed financially.

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