For the first time since I transitioned someone told me that they hate people like me. It was a bit of a shock to hear that from someone I'd only said hello to.
We've been staying in hospital this week. Well my other half and son have, I've been at home for two of the days and went to collect them today when he was discharged.
There are a number of children on the ward that we've been on and as you do when you are in an environment like that you get talking to the other parents. My other half got talking with the parent of the young girl that was in the room opposite us.
This morning when I got there she told me that the two of them had been chatting over a cup of tea in the parent's room and my other half had told the other mum about me. She'd done it because she didn't want them wondering why my son's dad wasn't visiting but another woman was.
Shortly after I'd arrived I needed to use the loo and so popped around to the changing area where they are located. The ward we were on used to be, and still is, the Bone Marrow Transplant unit and for those people visiting someone that has had a transplant there is a need to change out of street clothing and put on a set of scrubs.
As I was making my way back to my son's room I passed this mum as she was helping her son to get changed and ready to visit his sister. We said hello and as I got closer she stood up and said that she wanted to say something. Explaining that my other half had told her about me earlier she then said "I hate people like you." I was stunned, it was the last thing I expected anyone to say to me.
Before I could say anything she carried on "You look more feminine than me. If I hadn't been told I'd never have guessed."
At a loss for words all I could say was "Thank you." Eventually I managed to say in response to her comment about her appearance "I'd kill for hair like yours". I would as well, her hair was a shade of red that I would love to be able to carry off.
After we'd finished chatting I returned to my son's room and told him I was going to kill his mum when she returned for outing me like that and then not telling me she'd done it.