The inevitable crumbling of my marriage and my daughter's transition (how often that word crops up!) to Middle School (High School here in the UK) left me desperately seeking a day job that would pay enough to rent a small apartment and start all over again. From the moment she cheerfully helped me pack and plan our new home to the present day my daughter has been an unexpected source of strength and support that I never expected to have.
After I started to transition I imagined that prejudice encountered at work might be the worst problem. It never really happened. I chose to take a job as a teaching assistant in a community college and transitioning there has been so easy. I made many new friends and found a new social life as a woman in a new town where few people had known me previously. Splits and difficulties from within my family however were inevitable and I had been prepared to have to go it alone as a single woman building my life anew. I had expected to say goodbye to any dreams of continuing to be an everyday parent and keep some semblance of family life. My youngest daughter however chose to stick with having me as her Mom and I'm so grateful for that.
|Mom & Daughter|
I owe my daughter a huge thank you for helping to turn me into the person I am today, not from the point of view of gender but for allowing me to learn how to be maternal, caring and supportive, for allowing me to just be an ordinary everyday Mom.