All Things

posted June 24th, 2014, 2:01 am


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September 14th, 2013, 7:02 am

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When I wrote this, I realized I could probably actually end Wildflowers with this page. I *could* end Wildflowers with this summary. And it would feel complete, for the most part.

But Annie's life isn't resolved. It is just beginning. Everything is so new. Her world is starting, not ending. It is the dawn, and she is the blossoming flower waiting for the sun's rays.

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June 24th, 2014, 2:42 am

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@GreenKrog: Annie's overcome a lot of hurdles to get this far, but, even so, it's just the first couple of steps on her journey.

She's also luckier than many going down the path by having 2/3 of a supportive biological family, all three members of a supportive unofficial family (whose home is a useful bolthole when things get tough - being her medics helps a lot as well!), a girlfriend and a varied assortment of supportive acquaintances (e.g. the band, Vic). Of course, that's not to say she's got a completely rosy future - she'll undoubteldy face numerous setbacks and crises on the journey ahead and has a lolng way to go in improving her self-confidence and resilience (likely to be a longer journey than the phsycial one).

But while this is predominently Annie's tale, it's also interesting to see the journeys others in her life go on (e.g. Bill, Vic).

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June 24th, 2014, 3:06 am

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@mittfh: I know that we hear a lot about all of the hurtful things that can and often do happen to trans people. But while writing this, and especially in the past few months, I have become a lot closer to the trans community in general. And it is not even close to uncommon for people to actually have parents who do care about them. And who transition seamlessly, without endless hate shouted at them or physical pain inflicted on them.

I've written a lot of WF as a worst case. She didn't pass well for the longest time. She still has issues with that, though it is getting better. She still gets in fights with people who hate her, but that is getting better.
What I intend to do was show that even if we think it is terrible, there can be so much good, and it can be so much better.

I presented the parents based on bits of my own life. How much time I wasted being scared that my dad wouldn't love me, or my brother. I knew I would lose my mother, but I thought I would lose the other two. And I didn't. This seems quite like real life, the more people I talk to.
As for the Bernts, well, I didn't get much in the way of parental role models in high school. But I found that my friends parents would love me. And my RMitchies was the brother I needed. I even had friends whose parents let people stay at their house to finish the year at school when they parents went bad.
I hope that other people can begin to see that this is something that can, and does happen.

What Annie is going towards is a much more insidious enemy - herself. Till now, she has been facing physical threats and verbal abuse. She has had to defend constantly from the outside, so much that she never had time to consider what it would be like when that is gone.

I quite wish I could dedicate more time to everyone who isn't Annie. Especially Mal (who you haven't met yet). Andrea deserves much more time than she has had. At least I get to focus a little more on Lexi, from the eyes of Annie. Vic though? School is almost over. Which is good, because yeah, Annie does interact with him more - sometimes our worst enemies are our closest allies, and sometimes our biggest dreams are our worst nightmares. Guess we will see how the story of Vic unfolds.

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June 24th, 2014, 8:29 am

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Today's panel reminds me of the ending of the book, " The Last Unicorn ". In the last paragraph of the novel, it is said, paraphrased, " And they walked out of this adventure and into the next one. . . ." Annie is like that during this point in her life, walking out of her life's adventure so far, and walking towards the next one. . . .

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June 24th, 2014, 12:23 pm

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I sometimes just keep quiet when discussions come up about bad parents because it makes me feel guilty for having an ace Mom. I'd like to do more to help other trans* and I will.
It would be nice if Annie were to meet another trans* - perhaps Mal is going to feature. For me not so much a end of story but a summation and looking at the good side - because that's why we transition - to make our lives better

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June 24th, 2014, 11:59 pm

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@stickygirl: As that TED talk said, there is no harder, only hard. Some people do have terrible external lives, some have terrible internal lives, and some have both. We can't say "I had it worse" when we really don't know. There are those who weather all storms and come out with little or no hurt. There are some who have only a little squall, and come out having lost their entire wagon train and getting bitten by snakes and getting dysentery.

It would be nice for Annie to meet trans people. In a city of a million, according to the 1/32000 stat, there should be around 17 trans. The probability of actually meeting another is pretty low.
..then she has to survive Rötschreck after meeting them.

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