A Question for You…
Allison Washington
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DB: You talked about having lived wearing society’s mask… How did that come about? Are you still in touch with the mother of your child? And what about your child? What are your feelings about those relationships? If you’re not in touch with them, what happened and how do you think they feel about the absence of you in their lives? Feels like the next chapter based on where we are in your story…

Allison Washington:

Oh, you’re incorrigible, aren’t you, D? ;-)

Yea, I’ll need to address the ‘man years’ at some point, I suppose…>sigh<…I’ve steered clear of them thus far, as they’re pretty awkward to think about. When one has gone to such lengths to leave that role behind, it’s hard to revisit. But it must be done…

Through peculiar circumstance, I am recently reconciled with my daughter’s birth mother, and we find ourselves friends. In fact, she is sitting 1.5m from me as I write (which makes it a bit hard to write in English as she’s carrying on in French… :-P ). A very strange thing, considering how bitter we were in the wake of my transition 3 decades ago. We didn’t speak until just recently. So yea, that’s a story…

I have debated writing about my relationship with my daughter. I raised her, so there is much there, storywise — she was 7 when I crossed over, now about to turn 36, had to endure being woodworked along with me, &c. I have avoided writing about her/us out of concern for her feelings and privacy, which are complicated by the fact that there’s recently been a bit of a rift between us. So I don’t know…like the ‘man years’, I may have to address this, esp if the book goes forward…

Next chapter? I’ve really been knocking all over the place, haven’t I? …W.r.t. the major stories, I started in the present, moved back to the decade following transition, then back to transition in the 1980s, then skipped back to childhood…I think the next logical stop is the womb, neh? :-P

We’ll see…I find the topic of ‘the next one’ always comes as a surprise, at least to me. There are a lot of good ideas being offered here in these comments, so…we’ll see! ❤

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