What Was That?

posted July 4th, 2014, 2:01 am


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September 21st, 2013, 6:56 am

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Last week, I learned shading. I learned how to make her beautiful world even more beautiful. To have everything become to real and glorious in her eyes that she wanted to experience it and be a part of the world.

This week, I drew three pages in black and white and grey.
Every time I see them, all of them, my eyes get watery. Why does life have to suck?

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July 4th, 2014, 7:01 am

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While it could be interesting to speculate on whether Annie would have got any further if she'd worn a skirt rather than trousers, or if she'd arrived a bit later when there'd be more pupils around; they didn't happen, so we'd never know for certain.

Anyway, I had a sneaky suspicion the other day she was being over-confident, and while she successfully crossed the threshold, that proximity (perhaps combined with the slightly unnerving atmosphere an empty school often has) brought home to her what a bit step it would be to come out to the entire school, and her confidence evaporated.

Hopefully, with the assistance and support of the Brendts, a strategy can be developed for improving her public confidence, so some day she will be able to make that big step and come out to her peers (rather than a select few).

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July 4th, 2014, 12:37 pm

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Yea - my heart goes out to her. She so much wants to get this done, but no matter how she screws up her courage (or kids herself), the obstacle remains as insurmountable as ever when she see's it in cold daylight. Is she a Aries because, like her creator ;) she does go at things head-on?

I'd have hoped she could have got the school authorities on board and there's a hole in the plot there surely? They would have been informed - wouldn't they? Maybe the principal knows, but isn't dealing with it well? Where is the school HR dept that should organise an open discussion in which her trans* status is discussed within a safe school framework, along with other LGBT topics? Why haven't the Brents been more pro-active with this at the school? Or is this one of those shameful states that have a closed-mind policy with 18th century PTA?

Sorry for being so pushy. I've had a shitty day. I just wanna get in a huddle with Annie, eat pizza, drink wine and cry some with her. Maybe watch a movie, scream under a railroad bridge - shit like that.

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July 4th, 2014, 2:07 pm

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@mittfh: She did wear the school skirt, actually. When she got to school and panicked, she changed her clothes and told the principal the (truth? Lie?). What should be a red flag, which I didn't even think about until now, is that she brought her boy uniform with her. Maybe it was to return it? Either way, she had it on her on her first day of school as a girl.

@stickygirl: Her creator is a big ol' kitten. Which, if you read page 10-11, you would know - Tony's birthday is between July 24th and Aug 15 (hers is the 6th, actually. Mine is the 2nd). So, you would be wrong! Kittens fo life! (We didn't chose da soft 'n' fuzzy life, da soft 'n' fuzzy life chose us).

As for her involvement with the school - technically, she doesn't know if the principal knows she is trans or not. He only seems to know her last name and a brief overview of her attendance.
Near as we can tell, nobody has been in contact with the school administration about her status as a trans person, because up until now, she hasn't been ready to do anything about it.
Look at it this way - would you want your parents to go talking to the school board and putting you on the spot if you weren't ready? Especially if it isn't Annie's actual parents, but her therapist?
Add this in with two facts: it is Alberta, and it is a Catholic school. She has to content not only with the hurdles of a fairly backward province, but also with the church. It is getting a lot better nowadays, but back in my day, even being gay at a Catholic school was simply something a person does not DO.

Also, both you and Mittfh spelled it Brendts instead of Bernts - I like to remember their last name as jewish fire, all, Bern-y.

Also, *hug*. Don't get Annie drunk, she is a lightweight. Hopefully your day will get better. Cheer up: By this time next week, you'll have forgotten all about it.

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July 4th, 2014, 2:29 pm

mittfh

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@GreenKrog: Aha! I thought it was odd that she was apparently in full female uniform (although we didn't see the bottom half) upon approach to the school, then suddenly we see her in with the Principal being ratted at for wearing trousers.

As for the spelling of the Bernts, if you ever get around to producing a cast page... :P

Then we've seen on several occasions what happens when Annie meets booze :) Perhaps she should water down wine (e.g. fill the glass 1/3 to 1/2 full then add water), choose something fairly low alcohol-wise or pretend she's already a driver and stick to soft drinks alone...

But no doubt on that front as well as other more significant decisions, Annie's likely to experience the phrase: in theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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July 4th, 2014, 2:30 pm

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It was me only me spelled it wrong and I wouldn't get Annie drunk promise on my heart (makes note to avoid Alberta on the road-trip) and thanks <3 backatcha hone :\

Was that another Matrix line: the Oracle says 'by the time you done eating that cookie, you'll have forgotten all about this. I'm in charge of my own destiny...'

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