The good stuff…

Jeremy loves Minecraft and plays it regularly but zie never plays on servers. Zir favourite thing in Minecraft is designing houses; huge homes with floor to ceiling windows, giant kitchens, and roof top views of the ocean. People take great delight in destroying Jeremy’s houses when zie plays online, which is why zie plays single player on our computer. Now Jeremy belongs to a private server* made solely for trans youths and, for the first time, Jeremy and zir house have been safe.

I wasn't kidding when I said huge.

Jeremy’s house. I wasn’t kidding when I said it was huge.

kitchen

I think this is the smallest kitchen Jeremy’s made. Zie has at least a hundred mods downloaded to our desktop and zir kitchen usually has chandeliers. clocks, granite counter tops, polished wood tables, and double sinks. I’m guessing zir mods don’t work on the server. Zir second kitchen looked similar to this except it was underground.

ocean view

And, as always, zie has a gorgeous ocean view. Jeremy’s next development will be an ocean side pool.

town view

And zir view of the town, complete with not only the trans pride flag but a house with a pride flag window.

I am so glad Jeremy’s been able to join this server. Zie’s not only enjoying designing zir house, zie’s also been taking great pleasure in creating a shared mine and a chest full of freebies to give away to the other youths. Meanwhile I’m grateful to the person who put the time and effort into creating this server as it’s often Jeremy’s only social interaction.

This weekend was different though. This weekend Jeremy went to CLUUE, a Unitarian Universalist Youth event based around the murder mystery game Clue. Zie was overwhelmed at first as there were 51 youths (Jeremy was expecting around 10 to 15) but once the popcorn came out, zie relaxed and was fine. It helps that the UU gatherings ask for preferred pronouns and have multi-gender sleeping arrangements. Jeremy headed off with zir black sparkly pjs, a floral pillowcase and no worries.

And this Thursday is our monthly PFLAG meeting so zie’ll get to spend a full hour with other trans youths 🙂 I get to hang out with other parents too. Plus there’ll be pizza and pop which is a huge sell for a teenager.

I have no real news about my Dad. He was discharged from the hospital on Friday evening then was admitted again last night. The doctors are reasonably sure he has some sort of infection although multiple tests can’t find it. He’s on six different antibiotics ranging from broad spectrum ones to ones targeted specifically for things like lung infections and c diff (which thankfully came back negative). He is doing a lot better now and hopefully will continue to improve.

 

* This server is only available for youths whose parents belong to the Parents of Transgender Children support group. If you wish for your child to be a member of this server, you can request admittance once you belong to the parenting group. A link to the parenting group can be found on my resource page.

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7 thoughts on “The good stuff…

  1. Has zie considered trying out the Thaumcraft mod for Minecraft? It’s a whole alchemy-based game/puzzle for single-player Minecraft where you can get extra-special ores, discover magical properties and make different elements, and magical wands and stuff. There’s even a few new biomes, full of giant flowers and cherry blossom trees. My wife got me to download and play it, and it was fun looking at things through the “Thaumometer” device I made in the game, but the best part was some of the cool ores and pretty plants included, because I’m like Jeremy… I love to build a sweet castle!

      • I’m chatting to my wife next to me on the sofa – she says to play in single player, zie needs to download Forge first, which is required to run any mods, and then download Thaumcraft and Baubles (which gets downloaded automatically along with Thaumcraft), and then put Thaumcraft in the Mods folder. When opening the minecraft launcher, be sure to select the “Forge” profile, instead of the “Jeremy” (or whatever zie has as zer default) profile.

        I may be sharing stuff Jeremy already knows, so sorry if that’s the case. My wife may also be a Minecraft addict (ie spends ~5-10 hours a week coding/adding stuff to the two servers she runs in addition to casual playing), so I’ve picked up probably the same level of knowledge that you have!

  2. Glad to hear that the UU event ended up well. I go to a UU church and find it mostly very supportive, but always with room for improvement too.

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