I have been acquainting everyone in my life with the new improved me. Having recently added a boss, cleaning lady, and my dental hygienist.
This week brings me to Hot Springs Arkansas where my wife and I have rental property and a small garage apartment we keep for our own use. Over the last 10 or so years we have made some good friends here.
It was time to bring this part of my life up to speed, so we asked a few friends to dinner. When it came time to drop the bomb, I brought out my phone displaying a picture of me as Jess. The friend beside me saw the pic first, placed her hand over my phone, quietly saying to me 'what are you doing?' with a look of understanding on her face.
It took a second for it to sink in, but I realized she already knew and was concerned that I was about to out myself by mistake! It was my turn to be surprised. I had been worried that the news would come as a shock, instead I found I already had an ally seated next to me and did not know it.
Breaking the news to the others went smoothly and as usual, everyone was amazingly supportive.
I know the odds are that I will find someone that can't come to terms with who I am, but so far they have eluded me!