It was dark when I woke up this morning. All I wanted to do was turn off my alarm and drift back to sleep. My bed was comfy and my cats were snuggled around me like purring hot water bottles. But I got up because of rent and groceries and all those fun things. Jeremy had a P.A. Day and got to sleep in.
I walked to my first bus in the dark… and the second bus as well. Actually it was still dark when I got off that bus and headed into work. I opened the door and could feel my heart plummet toward my shoes. It felt like I hadn’t even left since yesterday, like I’d gone out the door after work then turned and came right back in. I wanted desperately to go home and still had an eight and a half hour shift ahead of me.
One of my coworkers saw me and waved. Then another waved as well. I smiled and waved back before heading into the staff only area.
“Michelle! I saw your Facebook post! I just wanted to say I think you’re such an awesome Mom!” A friend of me hurried over and gave me a hug. “There was one thing I didn’t understand though. In your post you said a word. Transgender. What does that mean?”
“Umm… it’s when your gender and body don’t match. Jeremy looks like a boy on the outside but doesn’t feel like a boy on the inside,” I replied.
She grinned. “You really are an awesome Mom. I wish you were my Mom.” Then she gave me another hug.
I’m not quite 3 months older than her. That would be interesting.
“Michelle!” One of my managers came into the staff only area and grinned when she saw me. “Did you look beside the computer?”
I drew a complete blank. All I could think of was the computer in our break room and I had no idea what anyone could have done to make it interesting. Heck, it’s been slowly dying for months now with no one paying it any attention. I’m guessing the occasional warning to replace the hard drive isn’t a good thing.
“I haven’t got that far yet,” I explained. “I only just got here.”
She laughed. “You goof, I mean your computer at home. Did you sneak a peek at what Jeremy’s making you for Christmas?”
Oh right. I called Jeremy before zie left for school yesterday. Jeremy asked me not to look by the computer because zie’d been working on my Christmas present that morning and left it sitting there.
“No,” I assured her. “I didn’t peek. I really don’t know what zie’s making me.”
She gave me a mock suspicious look. “Okay, I guess I’ll trust you.”
“Michelle! Guess what I made you?” one of my coworkers asked as she came around the corner of the break room.
It was Diwali yesterday so chances were it was a food item.
“Did you make me dal?” I asked eagerly and she nodded.
“I added eggplant and potato to it too,” she said as she handed me a still warm container.
“Thanks,” I said happily and gave her a hug after I opened the lid and sniffed. It smelled wonderful. It tasted just as good too.
And that’s why I commute an hour each way for a minimum wage job… because my coworkers are amazing 🙂