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Boy Meets Girl - Annette, July 31

Boy Meets Girl

 The little girls ask, "Do you have kids?"

I have two children.

I had two boys, but now

I have a boy

and another boy-- who became

a girl .

 

"Whaaat?"  the 7 yr-old asks--

"How can that be?"

I tell her I have a new daughter,

who used to be a boy.

She has long curly hair,

very soft skin, and even breasts.

 

I have two children.

I had two boys, but now

I have a boy

and another boy--

who became a girl .

 

The bright girls ask,

“Did she change her name?”

“What was it before?

What is her name now?

Then they blurt out….

"But what about the penis?!,

The boy parts?"

 

It's what the silent grownups are thinking

Inquisitive voices ask,

"Does she stand up when she goes to the bathroom?"

And… "What about the penis?!!

 

I have two children.

I have a boy

and another boy—

who became a girl .

 

The air is heavy with curiosity--

the grown-ups uncomfortably reserved.

I tell the children

“It's not a choice, a person just knows--

what feels right.”

The 7 year-old says, “I'm glad I'm a girl.”

I think, “How lucky.

How easy it is to be born

into the right body.”

 

Who thinks about their gender?

Then changes their name?

Who uses the women’s restroom

for the first time?

Sits down to pee? Wears make-up

Shaves her legs,

takes hormones and wears a bra now?

Who decides to be happy?

My new girl does.

 

        Annette Grunseth (c) 2014

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