Tuesday, December 3, 2019
The only thing I bothered doing was as Mario
I didn't have much to do today. So I ended up staying inside until I went to dinner with GFJ as Mario. No laundry, even though I had (3 or more) loads waiting for me to bring downstairs. No straightening up the apartment, even though I've made a big mess of this place since my cleaning lady's last appearance. And no shopping, although that would have occupied some time and alleviated some of the boredom I've been dealing with lately.
My transgender nature is a problem for GFJ, and I won't go into many details here. Although I've said that Mario will always be available for her, she is uncomfortable when I present as Marian. This is easy to understand. But it has caused us problems, and I'd bet that she'd always have some reservations about Marian unless she were to learn how not to see Marian as a threat to her relationship with Mario. Strangely enough, she had always encouraged my growth as Marian, and now things once repressed are now coming to the surface.
Driving to Newburgh for dinner is something I don't mind doing. And we had a pleasant dinner once I arrived. (She took a nap in the diner's parking lot while waiting for me - she was already in town, and it didn't make sense to go home just to come right back to eat.) But after dinner, we had another serious conversation where nothing much was resolved. Yet, with nothing final taking place, there is always hope we can come to an acceptable resolution of our issues.
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On the way home, I called my brother to find out what's going on in his life. It seems like my sister in law is dealing with her problems and realizes that she can't help a son who doesn't want to be helped. What saddens my brother is that the mother of their two kids lost many of the opportunities to bond with her offspring because of problems triggered by her son from her previous marriage. Since it would be wrong of me to go into any more details right now, I'll have to keep quiet until I'm ready with a way to describe things that does not identify my family in the process.
At least, I expect Thanksgiving to be a calm day, even though I don't know what time I'll arrive at my brother's place. His wife will be there without her eldest son, and her son will not be pulling the triggers that get in the way of her maintaining her sobriety.