Today was a momentous day because it marked the likely end of my part of our college tours. Which is fine because I’m exhausted.
We had a lazy morning before we hopped on the train uptown for Barnard College, the women’s college of Columbia University. I liked it. Boo did not. Why you ask? Because while they allow trans women to enroll, they do not allow non-binary gendered people to enroll. Only people who consistently identify as women can enroll. That was the reason Boo didn’t like Barnard. Totally not kidding.
I had one of those “kids these days” moments, and we ended up irritated with each other. I swear that we hardly ever quarrel but when we do, it’s usually about gender identity issues. Not her gender identity (she’s totally cis-gendered), but the gender identities of other people. I often wonder what other families quarrel about. I’d be willing to bet that very few other families have had a major blowout over pronoun usage like we have. Seriously, our biggest argument in the last year or two was over pronouns. #firstworldarguments
We managed to reach enough detente that we stopped by the TKTS booth in Times Square for theater tickets. Then we headed back to the apartment for a short rest before we went out for Japanese food and headed to the theater to see “The Color Purple.” It was absolutely brilliant. I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a show before that was literally stopped mid show because of cheering from the audience. By the end I was crying so hard that I was afraid I was going to start audibly ugly-sobbing.
Tomorrow is my last full day with my baby before I head for home and leave her in New York. Sniff! I’ll be studiously avoiding discussion of pronouns.
Next up — Day 9
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