Happy surprises can come at the strangest and at unexpected times. I am a closeted CDer and 70 years old. Opportunities to dress have been limited over this long life of mine. I lost my first marriage when my ex- found my stash (bra, panties, and heels.) This led to a long and painful divorce, after which I went crazy on my own, buying all sorts of girl things; bras, panties, hose, dresses, shoes, breast forms, wig and makeup. I would dress nearly every evening after work and lounge around my townhouse en femme.  *Glorious!*

One night, I even ventured out to my local post office while fully dressed. I didn’t get any reaction at all! This lasted for about four months until I met a wonderful woman and married her. Because of my fears from the first marriage, I purged everything—I still regret this! We’ve been married for almost 20 years. She doesn’t know Lorrie exists, and I’m not too keen on opening up that can of worms. She’s sort of conservative (not politically) in that respect. So, my dressing time had been limited to her being out of town.

A few years ago, however, we were on a European vacation and staying outside of Paris. I had just done our laundry and was folding the clothing. She had a pretty pink cotton nightgown in the clothes’ pile. I picked it up and held it against me. I asked if this color looked good on me. She laughed and said yeah. I put it on. She said, “Wait, are you a crossdresser?” I replied, “Is that a problem?” By this time, I was having a major reaction to wearing the gown, which led to a wonderful and joyous night! Afterwards, she said I could keep your nightgown for future purposes.

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On that same trip, in another hotel, we were going out to dinner. As we got into the elevator she kissed me. Stepping back, she looked at me and said, “I need to kiss you again because you need some color on your lips!” WOW! She was using a European lip-gloss she’d bought in Copenhagen, and it transferred very nicely to me!  In the elevator mirror, I had a hint of red on my lips!

Happy Surprise!

In January of this year, we joined a spa and salon which offered three services to choose from each month: a massage, a mani-pedi or a facial. For the first couple of months, I opted for the massages, and then in March, my wife said I should try a mani-pedi. I was a bit shocked at this suggestion, but I figured, why not?  I jokingly said I’d get them polished, whereupon she responded with as long as it wasn’t red or bright pink. WOW! So, the first time I had my nails manicured, and the tech started buffing them, my heart was beating rapidly.  I asked the tech to please use clear polish. She smiled and said sure. She painted me with a top coat which gave the nails a nice shine.

When I got home, I showed my wife and got her okay.  Sweet! Then in June, I decided to go a bit bolder. I asked the tech to use something neutral/nude on my nails. She offered OPI’s Put it in Neutral as a color. I agreed and she did me up—fingers and toes. Back home, I got the approval once again. This past Wednesday, I decided to kick it up a bit, asking the tech to use OPI’s Dulce de leche, a richer pink on my toes. I was a bit nervous coming home, but was happily surprised when I was told my nails looked beautiful!

Happy Surprise!

Where this leads is anyone’s guess. I am thinking seriously of asking her to dress me up as a woman for Halloween (something I’ve never done…probably the only CDer who’s not dressed for this holiday!). We’ll see.

After all these years, I’ve learned Happy Surprises can happen! Seventy years of struggling with being “different” has evolved into Happy Surprises!

Keep the faith, my sisters!

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Kathryn Lynn

I am a long-time CDer who just recently came out to my wife. She embraced Kathryn and wants to help make Kathryn a better woman! Yay!

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Bettylou Cox
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Lorrie,
Happy surprises, indeed! As I’ve said before, wives can be strange but wonderful creatures. My “outing” to mine was also gradual: first, ladies’s tees, then shoes and panties. When she needed help with her toenails, I did both of ours. She has since given her permission for nighties and skirts at home, and didn’t object to my first ever makeover. We have recently talked a bit about the subject of crossdressing, and she just gave me a pearl necklace which she has had for years, but never wears.

Jack Straw
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Lovely ending or maybe i should say beginning

Pippi Long
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What a wonderful story ,sometimes wishes do come true ,I myself have found a wonderful woman who expects my crossdressing..we plan on going out for Halloween again this year ! I hope things work out for the two of you. It’s so nice to have the freedom to dress up or even whare something feminine with out having to hide it ! Good luck and lots Of love ! Pippi

Leonara
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Lorrie, Thanks for sharing your “happy surprises” story with your wife. She is one of a kind and that she supports your CD is so special.. As Bettylou mentioned, “wives can be strange but wonderful creatures” . For example, my wife accepted my request to try on one of her panties…. The next day we went shopping for my own…three pair of panties, cami’s, pantyhose and thigh highs… As you can imagine, shopping together was so special .. We went together on her monthly schedule for a manicure.. During our manicure, a neighbor walked in. Kathy was more embarrassed than… Read more »

janedon
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Yes, Wives (along with life) Can be Wonderfully Confusing- The unexpected twists & turns in life Can be amazing)- My wife (who recently died) “literally” grew up in the Salvation Army church—but knew there was more to life than the church—-She was told by mutual Friends about the time we first met that I had been into the swinging lifestyle–She became almost obsessed with it—we started dating & We tried it together—This “Church Lady” jumped in with Both feet—-Meeting people with very open minds helped her to have an open mind herself–Now–I’ve wore panties (or no underwear) since I was… Read more »

Carolyn Kay
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Hi Lorrie, my wife and I have been married for over 47 years. She has had suspicions since the first year. We played the – don’t know, don’t tell – game for years. Finally, about 16 years ago I had enough and told her I was a Crossdresser. She said she knew and had come to the realization it was just part of who I am. Our life together is much better since. I knew it was going to be ok when, right after I told her, she bought gave me a bag for my birthday. In the bag I… Read more »

Sindie O2c
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Great story. I’m a 51 y/o closet dresser and have been of and on for most of my life. I’m on my third marriage, neither of the first two ended from me dressing, as a matter of fact my second wife warmed up to the idea and took me shoe shopping and did my toenails and we played dress up and humiliation as part of our sex life. It was great. It was for other reasons we split up. I met my current wife 16 years ago and we’ve been married for 12 years. She knows that during the cold… Read more »

Vanessa Jones
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As Gomer Pyle would say: “Surprise, surprise, surprise”, Good for you Lorrie Kay! I wanted to share with you that I was way to scared to share my ‘femme’ side with my ex-wife, and never did. So when I found someone new after my divorce, I knew I had to come clean. I told that person, not long after we met, that I enjoyed cross dressing as a woman. I took the time to explain what cross dressing was and even printed information from the internet. I was tired of hiding ‘Vanessa’. That person is now my wife. She is… Read more »

tammy baxter
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Hello Lorri what a lovely heart warming story, what a loving and understand wife you have got, I hope you have a lot more girly times together love and hugs too you both xxx

skippy1965 Cynthia
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Congrats Lorrie. My ex was neither accepting nor even tolerant (which is the main if not the only reason she is my EX.). You are doing the right thing by going gradual with the dressing and giving her time to adjust. And BTW you are NOT the only CD/TG who has never dressed for Halloween.. I never have-first because I thought I’d look ridiculous and in the last ten years because I’d look acceptable enough that folks who don’t know about Cyn would decide that I was a little TOO comfortable and acceptable in the clothes and makeup lol. Cyn

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