It’s good to be in an empty house, sitting with a cup of tea when you read these sorts of articles.
That’s where I am now. It’s 11am on a beautiful Saturday morning.
My home has been alive with constant chatter and creative energy, since 630am. Izzy has watched 45 mins of her favourite YouTube show – CookieSwirlC, eaten breakfast, created an amazing house on wheels out of Duplo, reorganised her bedroom, dressed twice, had her nails done by Harry and filled in the rest of the time with hugs and kisses. Freddie started the day with a rare cuddle, returned to bed to study his atlas, watched YouTube videos of Mt Ruapehu erupting, searched for his walkie talkies, designed a birthday flyer for Esme, got dressed in clothes best suited for winter, redressed in something similar but less fleece, and assembled his volcanologist kit. Harry has been out to do the grocery shopping, I’ve baked cookies, packed lunches and filled the ice block molds in between responding to requests for help from the two creative geniuses that have the run of our home.
This is a NORMAL family! These are normal things that happen in our family. Then I sit down and read this in the paper and I think how the abnormal lurks just on the fringe of our society. How the abnormal seem to have so much time on their hands beats me? How do people have the time, between doing all this normal family shit, that surely can’t just be going on in my home, to be soooo concerned about other people’s PRIVATE business of where they go for a wee???
And I realised, this is the crap (you guys in the states are dealing with this big time I know) we need to look out for. To YOU family, to You friends, to you other mum’s at school, at kindy, to you who support and accept Izzy, please read this article from the NZ Herald.
Let it sink in.
Think about what it means and decide, now, which side of the line you stand. Because you who support Izzy, loud and proud or quietly and from a distance – you are her allies and by extension you are allies to transgender kids everywhere. I ask that if you hear this fear mongering, this hate talk, this BS, SPEAK UP! Tell the person as politely as you can, that you don’t agree with them. Be calm, be fierce, be whatever, but please don’t be silent.
Somewhere between the broken soap dispenser, the constantly dripping tap and the hand drier that hasn’t worked in about 20 years, it appears that you’ll now find conservative lobby group Family First lurking in the background to ensure each girl who pops in for a wee between classes has the type of genitalia up her skirt that Family First deems appropriate.