Well, as expected, the weather around here in Southwestern Ohio is making a dramatic turn from fall to winter.
Fall has always been my favorite season of the year and I am always sad to see it go. Why? Primarily I have always liked the fashions and maybe on a separate level, football has always been my favorite sport. Long ago I decided just becoming a woman should not stop me from enjoying part of my male life I so loved. Also, fall has always meant a time of deep change to me. Somehow I always have equated fall with my gender transformation.
Perhaps it had to do with Halloween's effects on the season too. Long suppressed gender feelings of being a girl were reawakened. Plus, the successes of going out on Halloween in a feminine costume just urged me on to go farther.
One thing led to another and all of a sudden I was at the tipping point of living full time as a transgender woman.
It seemed too, fall was a great fashion time to present as a woman. As I did, I learned the basics of shopping for myself, experimenting with makeup and adding the proper accessories. In doing so, I found I needed to communicate with the public, which in turn taught me the very different basics of gender communication.
I know I am giving too much credit to the season because the gender learning curve for me lasted for years, not months. But I vividly remember the joy when the weather cooled off and my makeup didn't melt off.
In the meantime, as Mother Nature transitions into winter around here, there is plenty of time to enjoy boots, warm fuzzy sweaters and soft leggings!