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I hope that everyone is doing alright during these ongoing crazy times.
I have been doing a bit of travelling recently, having been to see my daughters who live in B.C.
I travelled as Aurora (I am always Aurora anyway, no matter how I dress) and, on my overnight stop on the way there I booked into a hotel in Merrit. The hotel has a swimming pool and there were loads of teenagers around both in and outside of the pool area. I observed as I unloaded my suitcases from the car and, even though I had to walk right through the middle of one group, not one of them took any notice. This, to me, was a very good sign as it meant that to them I was just an older lady heading for her room.
The next day, again I set off as Aurora taking the ferry to Vancouver Island. Later that same evening, I arrived at my daughter’s house wearing one of my skirt outfits. Her comments were along the lines of that I looked pretty good but needed a better wig… which I now have. Although I did not spend all my time on the Island dressed (as we say) it was good to have the acceptance of my daughter.
On my way back to Alberta, I stayed for a couple of nights at my daughter’s house in the Kooteneys, however, although she also knows about my preference for feminine clothing, I arrived wearing guy clothes. She had, however, told me to wear whatever felt comfortable to me, so maybe next time I will do that.
All in all it was a very good trip and I made it at the right time. I don’t know if it has been on the news worldwide, but recently the lower mainland of B .C., Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands experienced a record breaking torrential downpour that also impacted Washington State. Almost every road I drove on suffered major damage, Merrit was evacuated and Vancouver and Hope were isolated from the rest of the Province. Of course, there is a lot more to it than that.
Regarding the title of this blog, a few days ago I had a really uplifting experience. I went into town to do a few errands… and to go for lunch, of course… and pulled into a parking spot between two SUVs. Anyway, I could see that I had pulled in a bit too close to the one on my right, so my intention was to reverse out and then come back in with more even space on each side. As I put the car into reverse, a woman and her children emerged from the SUV on my left, so I immediately stopped the car and put it back into park. (I have been practicing make-up, by the way and my wig is shoulder-length, auburn and wavey). Well, the mother of the children caught my eye, put out a restraining arm and indicated that I should proceed. “Let this lady back up,” she said to her children. Then, looking at me again and again indicating that I should proceed, repeated, “Let this lady back up.”
Well, I backed out slowly but, instead of doing as I intended, I just pulled out altogether and let the mother and children go about their business. Meanwhile, feeling well-chuffed (as is said in England) I went to look for another parking spot.
As you can imagine, this has really boosted my confidence. 🙂
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